“Temple tourism” is on the rise in the Mainland, with Wong Tai Sin Temple attracting a large number of tourists
[Now News Channel]During the National Day holiday, a large number of tourists continued to visit many tourist attractions. Among them, Wong Tai Sin Temple was visited by many mainland groups.
“Temple tours” are on the rise in the Mainland, and some travel agencies have taken advantage of this trend to bring group visitors to Hong Kong to find Wong Tai Sin, a “responsive place for all requests” during the National Day holiday.
The first thing you do when you come to the door is, of course, to “check in” and take a souvenir. On the opposite side of the square, there are tour guides explaining the “incense-burning strategy” from time to time, allowing the group members to experience it individually.
Although there are many people, some travelers said it doesn’t matter if they wait a little longer.
Mr. Zhu, a mainland tourist: “(The order) is not bad. Although there are quite a lot of people, I really want to see it, mainly for my children.”
Ms. Wang, a mainland tourist: “It’s very good, very reasonable. (How reasonable?) The time is very reasonable and the arrangements are very suitable.”
As for To Kwa Wan, where a large number of tour groups have gathered recently, there were not many people on this morning, and there was no chaos in the Chung On Street area. After the group members had their meal, they boarded the tour bus and left.
Looking at the figures from the Immigration Department, we found that about 197,000 tourists entered the country through various ports on National Day, of which 90% were from mainland China. Some tourism industry estimates that more than 1 million mainland tourists will visit Hong Kong during the National Day holiday. Although there is a gap between the number before the epidemic, it is still considered good.
Cui Dingbang, Director General of the Tourism Promotion Association: “We have always faced the “domestic tourism” that is very popular in the Mainland. We also have other Asian tourism markets competing with us. We still have more than 100,000 tourists coming every day (Hong Kong ). They really came to Hong Kong to visit, and overall I think the situation is good.”
Cui Dingbang pointed out that after the epidemic, mainland tourists turned to seeking to feel the feelings of Hong Kong and experience cultural differences. He believed that Hong Kong must adapt to the new tourism model and still needs to work hard to develop “in-depth tourism”. Waterfront night market activities should be maintained for a long time.
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