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Nearly 600 million people in China are set to travel for Golden Week

As China celebrates Golden Week, nearly 600 million people will be travelling to local and international tourist destinations during the seven-day holiday.

Aerial view of tourists visiting the Hukou Waterfall during the National Day holiday on October 2, 2016 in Yan'an, Shaanxi Province of China. The Hukou Waterfall on the Yellow River attracted thousands of tourists on the second day of the 7-day National Day holiday.
Aerial view of tourists visiting the Hukou Waterfall during the National Day holiday on October 2, 2016 in Yan’an, Shaanxi Province of China. The Hukou Waterfall on the Yellow River attracted thousands of tourists on the second day of the seven-day National Day holiday. Image by VCG/VCG via Getty Images

The national holiday began with China’s National Day on Saturday, and is followed by seven days of holiday time, where people in China can relax and travel.

Tourists take pictures at the colorful salt lake scenic spot on October 2, 2016 in Yuncheng, Shanxi Province of China. The salt lake displaying red and green colors in Yuncheng attract tourists during the National Day holiday. Formed about 500 million years ago, the salt lake owns different colors as a result of the algae in the water.
Tourists take pictures at the colorful salt lake scenic spot on October 2, 2016 in Yuncheng, Shanxi Province of China. The salt lake displaying red and green colors in Yuncheng attract tourists during the National Day holiday. Formed about 500 million years ago, the salt lake owns different colors as a result of the algae in the water. Image by VCG/VCG via Getty Images

China Tourism Academy has predicted that 589 million people will travel during the holiday, reports the International Business Times, a 12% increase from last year.

Aerial view of the colorful salt lake on October 2, 2016 in Yuncheng, Shanxi Province of China. The salt lake displaying red and green colors in Yuncheng attract tourists during the National Day holiday. Formed about 500 million years ago, the salt lake owns different colors as a result of the algae in the water.
Aerial view of the colourful salt lake on October 2, 2016 in Yuncheng, Shanxi Province of China. The salt lake displaying red and green colors in Yuncheng attract tourists during the National Day holiday. Formed about 500 million years ago, the salt lake owns different colours as a result of the algae in the water. Image by VCG/VCG via Getty Images

For those who are travelling internationally – estimated to be about six million people – the top destinations are China’s close neighbours of Thailand, South Korea and Japan, according to China’s National Tourism Administration. The top destinations within China include places like the Forbidden City in Beijing and Lijiang, as well as Shanghai Disneyland, reports Fortune.

People look at a flower display inside the Forbidden City in Beijing on September 29, 2016. China celebrates 'Golden Week' on October 1 with a week-long holiday to commemorate the founding of the Peoples Republic of China.
People look at a flower display inside the Forbidden City in Beijing on September 29, 2016. Image by NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images

Some travellers are also heading further afield, with a record number of Chinese travellers expected to visit the US during Golden Week. Bookings to the States between 1 and 7 October are triple what they were last year, according to a report by Lvmama.com, an online booking site.