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chinadaily.com.cn 2023-06-27 16:48


> Vacation consumption soars

People watch a performance at Longtan Park in Beijing, June 22, 2023. [Photo/Xinhua]


Consumption boomed in China on Thursday — the first day of the Dragon Boat Festival holiday — benefiting the tourism, entertainment, transportation and catering sectors in particular, which experts said will help facilitate the country's economic recovery and growth.

Tourist destinations across the country were flooded with millions of visitors taking advantage of the three-day holiday, according to data released by various localities.

Shanghai, for instance, tallied more than 2.76 million visits on Thursday; while Zhejiang's provincial capital Hangzhou, home to the West Lake, registered 882,000 visits, data from local tourism departments showed.

Tourists also flocked to places such as Zibo, Shandong province, to enjoy its famed barbecue; Chengdu, Sichuan province, to see giant pandas; and Changbai Mountain, Jilin province, to escape the summer heat.

Xu Hongcai, deputy director of the economic policy committee at the China Association of Policy Sciences, said that the holiday travel spending spree is further evidence that the tourism sector is recovering after the country fine-tuned its COVID-19 response measures in January.

More importantly, the holiday tourist boom has shed light on the resilience and strength of the world's second-largest economy and will factor in the nation's overall economic recovery efforts this year, Xu said.

According to movie data platform Maoyan, China's box office receipts from Thursday to Friday morning topped 400 million yuan ($55.7 million).

Furthermore, people have shown a stronger willingness to dine out for gatherings during the holiday as evidenced by data released by the Ministry of Commerce.

According to China UnionPay Merchant Services, food and beverage spending increased by more than 20 percent year-on-year in the past seven days.

Zhou Maohua, an analyst at China Everbright Bank, said that the government should roll out more policy measures, such as issuing discount coupons, to sustain robust consumption momentum after the holiday.

In the face of weakening external demand and sluggishness in the global economy, China needs to fully tap the potential of its domestic consumption to shore up its economic growth this year, he added.

> Four detained for deadly barbecue restaurant explosion in NW China

A blast occurs at around 8:40 pm on Wednesday in a barbecue restaurant in Xingqing district of Yinchuan, the capital of Ningxia. [Photo/Xinhua]


Four people have been put under criminal detention for allegedly "negligently causing a serious accident," after a fatal explosion at a barbecue restaurant in Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region, local authorities shared on Saturday.

The explosion occurred at approximately 8:40 pm on Wednesday at Fuyang Barbecue Restaurant on a busy street in Xingqing district of Yinchuan, the regional capital, when liquefied petroleum gas leaked from the restaurant.

The explosion has killed 31 people and left seven injured.

All the injured are now in stable condition after receiving medical treatment.

The restaurant operator surnamed Ma, two shareholders surnamed Zhang and Liu, and the restaurant manager surnamed Suo have been detained.

The four are from the nine people previously put under control by public security authorities.

Others involved in the tragedy are still under investigation.

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