Where China's wealthy travelers are going during the pandemic
09/03/2021|4:29:11 PM|CNN

The sandy shores of Sanya. The mountains of Yunnan. Giant panda sanctuaries in Sichuan.

Wealthy Chinese travelers may not be able to travel internationally with ease these days, but they have no shortage of attractive travel destinations in their own backyard.

Before the outbreak -- which was the worst in China since 2020 -- domestic travel had been on the upswing.

According to a report by the China Tourism Academy, the sector expected approximately 4.1 billion domestic trips in 2021, reflecting a 42% increase compared with 2020. In addition, the academy has projected $511 billion in revenue from domestic tourism, up 48% year on year.

According to the 2021 Hurun Report, Sanya -- a tropical playground on the island of Hainan south of mainland China -- is the most popular destination among wealthy domestic travelers. 

Ranking second is Yunnan, a mountainous region home to ancient cities, forests and tea plantations.

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