Thanks to improved living standards, many Chinese can now afford to travel during the Spring Festival holiday season. So where are they headed? CCTV reporter Ji Yi gives the peak at this year's tourism hotspots.

If you fancy travelling during the Spring Festival season you would be best advised to book at least a month in advance.

More and more tourists are choosing the holiday period to take a trip within China. But trips abroad are also proving popular.

Wu Qian, Manager of China Swan International Tours, said, “Although the exchange rate means it has become favorable for Chinese tourists to travel abroad, this year's price has risen a lot, due to the increase in air fares. But this hasn't affected tourist demand too much.”

Tropical islands are, as always, the most popular destinations during winter. A tour manager told us that although the price of a tour package to Thailand's Phuket Island has gone up by a third compared to last year, places are still hard to come by and are fully booked 20 days in advance.

This year, Hainan Island in south China is still proving a hot destination, especially after the movie The One II, was filmed there. It has attracted many people there to experience the movie scene.

Gu Chuan, Deputy GM, said, “The thing tourists care most about, is service. As many people are traveling for relaxation, as much as visiting places of interests, they focus more on the accommodation.”

As for people still planning to travel right after the Spring Festival holiday, the advice is to make a booking, as early as possible.



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