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Insane queues in China as tourists flee for nation’s ‘Golden Week’ holiday

    The Chinese government is encouraging people to go on holiday – and 550 million are doing just that, in crowded scenes we haven’t seen in a long, long time.

    Janine Puhak, Fox News – October 2, 2020

    Chinese officials are reportedly encouraging citizens to get out and adventure in a “revenge travel” pitch to revive tourism and boost the economy, following months of lockdowns and restrictions in the fight against COVID-19.

    Starting Thursday, about 550 million people are expected to travel for China’s National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival – and keep moving through the eight-day Golden Week, The Guardian reports. The term “revenge travel” has been frequently featured in Chinese media as of late, with Quartz defining the concept as “the government’s hope that people will travel or consume more than they usually do … because of pent-up demand from being cooped up.”

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