Jinan tourism recovers during May Day holiday


Visitors admire tulips at Red Leaves Valley. [Photo/dzwww.com]

Jinan, capital of East China’s Shandong province, saw a boom in tourism over the five-day May Day holiday from May 1 to 5.

According to statistics from the Jinan culture and tourism bureau, 16 scenic spots including the World’s Best Spring Scenic Spot, Qianfo Mountain, and Jinan Wild World welcomed a total of 699,000 tourists, generating revenue of 23.04 million yuan ($3.25 million).

Two to three-day short distance trips were the travel style of choice among tourists. Many chose to relax at boutique homestays while learning about tea art, flower arrangements and handicrafts.

Nighttime economy also experienced a rebound during the holiday, with more tourists going out at night as temperatures rise.

Many scenic spots, tourist streets and night markets extended their business hours. Jinan Fantawild Oriental Heritage attracted visitors by offering a variety of entertainment activities and a Tang Dynasty (618-907) themed lantern show at night.

Food streets such as Furong Alley, Quancheng Road and Kuanhouli Street offered visitors tasty snacks late into the night.

Cultural venues including the Jinan Library and art museums received a total of 23,000 tourists during the holiday.