Hotels across the country are bracing for what is expected to be one of China's leanest holiday travel periods since early 2020.
The May holiday from April 30 to May 4 is traditionally one of China's busiest tourist seasons as spring moves into summer.
Hotels from Beijing to Sanya have slashed prices by up to 50%, with room rates in many Chinese cities hitting a five-year low for the holiday period, according to travel search engine Qunar.com.
Research by Gavekal Dragonomics estimated that 57 of China's 100 biggest cities were under some form of COVID curbs as of last week, including the most populous city Shanghai. Many others have imposed restrictions, such as multiple COVID tests or quarantine on arrival for travelers.
Travel company Trip.com Group said over half the bookings on its platform for the holiday were from travelers looking to stay close to home within their province.
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