Tianzhu Mountain in Anqing city, East China's Anhui province receives 51,000 visitors on October 3, 2016.(Photo/Anhui Daily)
Anhui province welcomed some 54.8 million tourists during the week-long National Day holiday, up 7.5 percent from the same period last year, said the local tourism authority Saturday.
8.4 million visitors stayed overnight in the East China’s province, representing a year-on-year increase of 20.5 percent, while 46.4 million made one-day tours, up 5.4 percent year-on-year, according to the Anhui Provincial Tourism Administration.
The province rang up 19 billion yuan ($2.9 billion) in tourism income from October 1 to 7, up 6.5 percent year-on-year, the government agency said.
Five out of Anhui’s 16 cities recorded more than 3 million visits each. Hefei, the provincial capital, even received over 10 million tourists.
Nine cities including Huangshan, Anqing and Chizhou registered over 1 billion yuan in tourism revenue, compared with seven ones in 2015.
Despite the boom in the overall industry, some attractions, hit by Typhoon Megi, experienced a decline in arrivals. 68 major destinations received 6.6 million visitors, down 2.6 percent year-on-year, and their revenue dropped 6.8 percent to 243.0 million yuan.
About 3.2 million tourists visited the province’s key rural scenic spots during the holiday, making up 49.1 percent of the total visitors to its key attractions.
Opened in late September, Hefei Wanda Cultural Tourism City drew 748,300 visitors from around the country.
Many cities launched festival events to attract tourists. Fuyang and Anqing, for example, hosted a flower expo and Huangmei Opera shows, respectively.