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Haikou and Sanya top China's most popular road trip destinations

This year many have adjusted their holiday plans and have chosen areas located near their place of work or residence

HAIKOU, February 19. /TASS/. Hainan's Haikou and Sanya topped China's most popular rental car destinations in China during the "golden week" of the Lunar New Year weekend, reported www.hinews.cn citing the data from Ctrip - the leader of the country's online travel industry.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the news outlet, this year many have adjusted their holiday plans and have chosen areas located near their place of work or residence. Automotive tourism has become one of the most popular destinations, driven by lucrative car rental deals and safety amid the pandemic.

The company also named the top 10 cities in China whose hotels were the most popular during the New Year holidays. Shanghai, Beijing and Sanya topped the list. The top ten also includes Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Zhuhai and Suzhou. Up to 60% of all bookings were for four- and five-star hotels. The most popular destinations for air travel during the New Year holidays for Hainan were Sanya - Shanghai, Sanya - Beijing and Beijing - Sanya.

Lunar New Year, or, as it is called in China, Chunjie (Spring Festival), came on the night of February 11-12 and will last until January 31, 2022. Its patron is the White Metal Ox. Chunjie's Golden Week is a traditional time for Chinese people to travel both domestically and overseas, but this year the pandemic has plunged tourist traffic in all directions amid a call from authorities not to travel unless absolutely necessary. The Island of Hainan, however, has always enjoyed immense popularity.

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