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A lion dancer receives a red envelope, called “ang pao”, containing money during a celebration of the Chinese New Year in Manila’s Chinatown, Philippines February 8, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Beijing- From Friday to Monday, China’s tourism revenue reached 316 billion yuan (around USD46 billion), up to 16% compared with the same period of 2016.

According to data released by the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), China has witnessed around 258.1 million traveling trips across the country during the four-day holiday of the Chinese New Year. Travel rates rose by 14.2% compared with same period of 2016.

CNTA expects the country to see 343 million trips during the one-week holiday, which is considered one of the longest official holidays in the country. The Chinese people eagerly await this time of the year, which offers them chances for relaxation, amusement, family gatherings, travel and tourism in the country and abroad.

The administration’s report estimated that more than six million Chinese will travel abroad during this holiday.

On this occasion, Chinese visit parks and historic areas. In the capital Beijing 11 parks and the natural museum hosted 180,000 tourists on Saturday, which was the first day of the Chinese New Year or the “Spring Holiday”.

During the holiday’s week, the country witnesses many activities and events including winter sports contests and flower exhibitions across the country.

In line with these activities, the national security forces take exceptional measures to maintain order and stability.

According to the Chinese Ministry of Public Security, around 178,000 policemen served in the country on Saturday to manage traffic on the first day of the Chinese New Year.