China enters a seven-day National Day holiday beginning on Monday, with a record seven million people expected to head overseas.
Last year, domestic consumption came to 1.3 trillion yuan (USD 189 billion) during the October holidays. This year, seven million Chinese are expected to go abroad. The number represents 5% of all overseas travelers who leave from China annually.
According to travel booking website Ctrip, this year's No. 1 destination is Japan, which bumped Thailand, last year's top spot, into second place. The top eight destinations are all Asian countries or territories.
Reflecting Chinese people's love for soccer, Senegal and Iceland, whose national teams played in this year's World Cup, have seen a spike in reservations.
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