Qingdao receives 839,100 domestic tourists during Dragon Boat Festival holiday
The eastern coastal city of Qingdao welcomed 839,100 domestic tourists during the three-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday from June 25 to 27 and earned 654 million yuan ($92.41 million) in tourism revenue, according to the Qingdao bureau of culture and tourism.
The city's tourism is recovering smoothly even with tighter restrictions and caps on the number of visitors amid the COVID-19 epidemic, local officials said.
As part of precautions against COVID-19, reservations were required for the city's tourist attractions during the holiday, while tourist numbers were capped at 30 percent of maximum capacity.
During this period, rural trips, self-driving tours and short trips to local scenic spots have been popular among tourists.
People enjoy the Dragon Boat Festival holiday at an amusement park in Qingdao. [Photo/qingdaonews.com]
Many scenic spots held traditional celebrations of the festival, such as eating zongzi, drinking realgar wine and racing dragon boats to entertain visitors and promote traditional culture.
Meanwhile, the city's tourist attractions, museums and galleries launched online activities during the holiday.
Cultural performances in Qingdao are held to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival. [Photo/qingdaonews.com]
Qingdao also released cultural consumption coupons worth 550,000 yuan to encourage locals to buy books, watch performances and attend cultural and artistic workshops.
The Dragon Boat Festival, or Duanwu, is traditionally celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month on the Chinese lunar calendar. With a history of more than 2,000 years, it has many traditional customs such as dragon boat racing, eating zongzi, balancing eggs and hanging auspicious leaves.