China’s travel industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Now that the pandemic is under control and restrictions are being lifted, there are early signs of recovery. As life has somewhat returned to what it used to be before the pandemic, embarking on a post-Covid-19 adventure has certainly been on the minds of many Chinese residents.
During the May Day holiday season, the majority of scenic attractions reopened and large numbers of people flocked to popular tourist sites and major cities across China. According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, China recorded 115 million tourist trips domestically, raking in a revenue of 47.56 billion yuan ($6.79 billion). The tourism market has basically recovered to the level of 50-percent of same period last year.
Notably, there are shifts in travel style. With safety and ease as top priority, travelers now prefer easy, short trips when they pick destinations. Therefore, road trips have become an increasingly popular choice for Chinese during the past May Day holidays. Besides, after the pandemic consumers are morelikely to choose starred hotels and restaurants，where they can enjoy services of higher quality and safer standards.
Travel agencies and scenic spots are adopting smarter management measures to improve travel experience and epidemic control. Many scenic spots have implemented real-name booking systems to limit crowds. Before their visit, tourists should have their temperature checked, show health codes upon arrival and wear masks. The latest livestreaming craze has also swept the tourism industry. Online guided tours and exhibitions have become an option for tourists.
The May Day holidays have provideda very good opportunity for the recovery of epidemic-hit tourism industry. China's tourism sector is seeking to offset losses brought by the COVID-19 epidemic with smarter infrastructure and better services.
embark on 着手，开始
flock v. 聚集，蜂拥
domestically adv. 国内地
rake in 赚大钱
destination n. 目的地
implement v. 执行，实施