Europe, South Korea and Australia are the top three overseas holiday destinations for Hangzhou residents.
More than half of tourists from Hangzhou spent their weeklong Chinese New Year holiday abroad — 22.34 percent going to Europe, 16 percent to South Korea and 15 percent to Australia.
Other popular destinations included Japan and countries in Southeast Asia.
“A stronger yuan, easiness of getting a visa, and more direct flights have made European countries attractive travel destinations for local people,” said a senior executive of Ctrip.com Hangzhou office. Ctrip.com is a leading online travel agency.
This winter northeast China became a popular holiday destination thanks to a Chinese reality TV show, “Where Are We Going, Dad?”
Self-driving tours to neighboring cities were popular among the rest of Hangzhou residents because all highways were toll-free during the holiday.
Source: Hangzhou International Center