China's top sites see surge in popularity

5th Oct 2012

China's popular tourist sites have seen record numbers of visitors during the Mid-autumn Festival and National Day holidays.

Beijing's Forbidden City saw 182,000 tourists on Tuesday, the most visitors ever during one day, as China's capital attracts millions of holidaymakers during the eight-day break.

More than 200,000 tourists flocked to the five main sites in the eastern coastal city of Qingdao on Tuesday, according to official figures. It's thought holidaymakers from across the globe are adding to the numbers visiting historical sites alongside the many Chinese enjoying their annual holidays.

On Wednesday there was gridlock on the two 20-km mountain roads taking tourists to and from Lushan Mountain park area in China's eastern province of Jiangxi as travellers headed to bask in the scenery and sights.

The scenic area has parking space for 3,000 cars, but some 8,000 vehicles arrived at the park on Wednesday, according to head of the Lushan Mountain public security bureau, Jiang Renfa.

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