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Zhoushan sees hot tourism market this summer

Updated : 2020-08-19 (chinadaily.com.cn)

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Zhoushan, an island city in East China's Zhejiang province, receives more than 10.5 million tourists in July, a year-on-year increase of 4.09 percent. [Photo/zhoushan.cn]

Zhoushan, an island city in East China's Zhejiang province, has been experiencing its peak tourist season since July, local media outlets reported on Aug 18.

The city greeted more than 10.5 million tourists in the month, a year-on-year increase of 4.09 percent, and generated 15.55 billion yuan ($2.25 billion) in tourism revenue, a 3.2 percent growth year-on-year.

Dinghai district, Putuo district, Daishan county, and Shengsi county received 1.18 million tourists, 6.39 million tourists, 1.4 million tourists, and 1.54 million tourists respectively.

On the evening of Aug 13, a brightly lit sidewalk snack booth street in Shengsi was crowded with tourists.

"August is a tourist rush season in Zhoushan and my business has been quite good in recent days," said Cai Yuecun, owner of a 20-year-old sidewalk snack booth on the street.

Cai added that he often prepares for the night market from 4 pm and keeps busy until 10 pm and even 1 am on the busiest days.

Managers of hotels and homestays in Zhoushan have also been experiencing their busiest time of the year.

Du Kehan, who manages a hometay in Zhoushan, said that although the charge is lower than last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all 11 guestrooms in his homestay have been booked in recent days.

The peak island tourism season is usually accompanied with a summer rush at passenger terminals, which usually lasts from the end of July to the end of August.

From Aug 5, Sanjiang terminal, an important passenger terminal in Zhoushan to connect Zhoushan Island with other islands, added another route to Shengsi, increasing the total ferry trips to seven per day.

To date, the largest daily passenger flow at Sanjiang terminal appeared on Aug 15 when the terminal delivered 22,451 passengers.