State-media Economic Daily reported on Tuesday, April 5, that the number of travelers during China’s three-day Qingming holiday travel plunged by almost two-thirds from 2021 due to strict COVID-19 prevention measures.

According to China’s Transport Ministry, during the Festival, which lasts between April 3 and 5, commuters traveling by rail, road, waterway, and air only reached 53.781 million. Economic Daily noted that this was a year-on-year decrease of 62.7% and was 9.8% lower than in 2020 when the coronavirus outbreak first started in Wuhan.

Aviation had the most significant drop, with total estimated passengers falling to 562,000, down 87% from last year.

Fewer holiday goers this year have also led to less tourism revenue. China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism reported that local tourists spent 2.95 billion dollars over the three days, 30.9% lower than in 2021.

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