Hotels near top tourist attractions in major cities, such as Tiananmen Square and Nanluoguxiang in Beijing, The Bund and Disney Resort in Shanghai, Wuyi Square in Changsha, and Liberation Monument Pedestrian Street in Chongqing have been fully booked for May 1, the first day of the Labour Day holiday, according to online travel agency Trip.com.
In addition, some hotels have quietly raised prices. For example, the 230 Air Hotel located in the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai raised the price to 58,888 yuan/night for the Labor Day holiday the regular price of 28,888 yuan/night.
Starting price for rooms at the Suyan Holiday Inn in Lijiang, Yunnan province, has risen from 1,611 yuan on April 29th to 2,816 yuan on May 1st, according to Trip.com.
This spring, the booking period for tourist products by travelers has clearly been advanced and the number of those who booked hotels two months in advance for the May Day holiday increased by 22% from a year earlier,” according to Trip.com.
Five-star hotels saw a 12.44% increase in average prices compared to the Labor Day holiday last year, it said.
According to data from another online travel agency Qunar.com, as of March 8, hotel bookings for the Labor Day holiday increased by 144 times compared to 2019, with popular destinations including Beijing, Changsha, Xi’an, Chengdu, Shanghai, etc.
“In previous years, hotel bookings for the May Day holiday period would only start to pick up after the Qingming Festival, and there were very few travelers who booked two months in advance. However, with no three-day holiday during the Qingming Festival this year, many people have already locked in low-priced rooms for the May Day holiday,” according to Qunar.