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Haikou tourism bounces back over May Day holiday
UpdateTime:2023-05-06 author:Li Xiang source:HICN

According to local authorities, Haikou—the capital city of China’s southern Hainan Province—brought in a total of 854 million yuan (about $123.5 million) in tourism revenue over the recent May Day holiday (April 29 - May 3), up 177% over last year’s numbers. The city received around 762,000 visits during the vacation period, up 118.4% year-on-year.

Both indicators show a robust rebound in the city’s tourism sector—revenues increased by 170% and the number of visits by 120% in comparison to the May Day holiday of 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic struck.

In addition to the increasing number of travelers who paid a visit to Haikou’s urban attractions, families also enjoyed trips to countryside destinations near the city during the five-day holiday. The most popular destinations included the Qiongshan Confucius Temple, the Lianlizhi Fisherman's Farmhouse Resort, Fangyuan International Art Village, Haikong Yaocheng Village, the Volcanic Park Farm, Fengtang Green Park, the Longhao Shared Farm, and BMD Camp.

In addition, performances have proved quite successful in drawing lovers of the arts to the city, thanks to the many events held during the holiday such as the 2023 Voice of China National Tour at Poly Central Coast, the Xiaoguo Stand-up Comedy talk show in the Haikou Bay Performance Center, and the Jellyfish Music Festival at Huacai Haikou Bay Plaza. On May 2, a concert given by TNT (Teens in Times, a popular Chinese boy band) at the Wuyuan River Stadium attracted more than 30,000 concert-goers from all over the country.

Meanwhile, a wide variety of other cultural and sports events were on offer during the holiday, including the brocade & embroidery world culture week, a sculpture art festival, a volleyball tournament, and a large music party and photography exhibition.

Photo taken on May 3 shows a sculpture art festival held outside the Haikou Wormhole Library. (Photo by Feng Shuo / Hainan Daily)