Shanghai‏ May holiday numbers - no surprise

17th May 2013

With a population of more than 23 million, Shanghai is not only China's biggest metropolis, it also boasts some of the country's biggest tourist attractions.

This proved the case over the May Day holiday with visitors flocking there on city breaks.

Sixteen key Shanghai destinations welcomed 22% more tourists (634,400) than the same three-day period in 2012, according to the Shanghai Tourism Bureau.

Most tourist spots enjoyed an unsurprising rise in the number of visitors.

Century Park had 80,000 tourists over the three days, around half as many again (51%) as the same time last year.

The 492-metre (1,614.2ft) Shanghai World Financial Centre welcomed 20,000 visitors, an increase of 38% over the same period last year.

Rural tourism was popular among visitors. Gucun Park received 64,500 tourists, a hike of 125% over the same period last year.

Fengjing Ancient Town's cultural sites and the Happy Valley amusement park also drew them in.

Numbers for the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street, The Bund and Yuyuan Garden were also buoyant.

Nearly half (around 47.6%) of the city's hotels rooms were booked, with 44.4% of its five-star rooms and 53.4% of its budget rooms reserved.

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