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May Day brings swarms of tourists to Suzhou

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Updated: 2017-05-05

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May Day brings swarms of tourists to Suzhou

The landmark of Suzhou, the mirror-like water and the red-crowned crane sculptures in Jinji Lake create a serene and gorgeous moment when looked in twilight. [Photo/visitz.com]

Suzhou never fails to entertain its guests, even sometimes it gets overloaded. During the 2017 International Workers’ Day, the city received a total of around 3.21 million visitors and brought in a revenue of about 54.51 million yuan ($7.90 million).

May Day brings swarms of tourists to Suzhou

A sea of travelers is seen shuffling along a bridge or posing for photos on the riverside pathway at an attraction in Suzhou. [Photo from visitsz.com]

According to statistics provided by the Suzhou Municipal Tourism Bureau, a majority of travelers touring Suzhou were from its neighboring provinces and cities including Shanghai as well as Anhui and Zhejiang provinces. And the spots that were most frequented were owing to not only the abundance of scenic sites but also to its festive activities launched in various locations.

The scenic regions of Taihu Lake tourist spot in Wuzhong district, Jinji Lake, and Yu Mountain and Shang Lake tourism resort were the most popular, being visited by an average of 220,000 people each. Traveler volume to Tongli, which increased to 200,000 with a year-on-year growth of 11 percent, could be tied to the opening of metro line four. Other ancient towns and streets such as Zhouzhuang, Mudu, Shantang Street, Pingjiang Historic Quarters, were toured by 140,000, while 60,000 went to Canglang Pavillion, Huqiu scenic spot, Zhuozheng Garden, and Ligering Garden.

The prosperity of Suzhou’s tourism sector was also stimulated by the mounting number of projects launched in recent years.

Recently, riotous events and activities have been started to celebrate the 20th "Oriental Water City" China International Tourism Festival, which kicked off in late April, and they have added to the festive atmosphere in the old but dynamic city.

More than 100 festive activities have been scheduled to take place as celebrations of the festival, including a music carnival, sailing boat competition, lily flower fair, mulberry picking, orienteering contest, night camping in the Dayang Mountain area, Yangcheng Lake tourism festival, airplane model games, folk song performances in Zhangjiagang, peony show in Changshu, water food fair in Taicang, and the windmill world in Zhouzhuang ancient town.

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