Summer travel rebounds as virus epidemic wanes


TAIYUAN: Wang Peng, a resident in south China’s Shenzhen, could not wait to board a train to visit a world heritage site after he learned that trans-provincial group tours had resumed following months-long suspension due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“I travel every summer holiday. As the epidemic gets contained, I decided to visit Mount Wutai, more than 2,000 km away from home,” said Wang. Embellished with rich Buddhist culture and historical resources, Mount Wutai is a popular summer resort in China. Since the beginning of the summer vacation, many tourists like Wang have been visiting the plethora of attractions across the country.
After July 14, when the Ministry of Culture and Tourism gave the nod for the resumption of trans-provincial group tours, summer travel has become a preferred choice among many Chinese people, who had been confined to their homes for months to prevent the spread of the virus. According to a report by online travel giant Group, the number of visitors opting trans-provincial group tours to popular tourist destinations increased nearly threefold month on month between July 14 and July 29. – Agencies