Consumption thrives in Huzhou during Dragon Boat Festival | Updated: Jun 16, 2021


A shopping mall in Huzhou, East China's Zhejiang province during the three-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday which ended on June 14. [Photo/]

The sales volume of 30 monitored businesses that run shopping malls, supermarkets, car dealerships, hotels, and restaurants in Huzhou amounted to  about 46.48 million yuan ($7.15 million) during the three-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday, which ended on June 14, up 48.4 percent year-on-year.

These sampled places saw foot traffic increase 14.2 percent year-on-year to 139,800 people, according to statistics from the Huzhou municipal bureau of commerce.

Among them are 10 supermarkets, which achieved sales of more than 8 million yuan during the three-day period, representing an uptick of 59.8 percent year-on-year.

Meanwhile, the sales of 10 shopping malls under monitoring grew 48 percent to over 27 million yuan, while the number for the five sampled car dealerships climbed 42.1 percent year-on-year to more than 10 million yuan.

The city's booming tourism during the holiday fueled the growth of the catering and accommodation sectors in Huzhou over the holiday.

The five monitored catering and accommodation enterprises from the city reported an increase of 41.9 percent in sales, which totaled 928,000 yuan during the period.

The Dragon Boat Festival, also called Duanwu Festival, is traditionally celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar to commemorate Qu Yuan, a well-known poet and minister of the State of Chu during the Warring States Period (475 BC-221 BC), who drowned himself in the Miluo River after he was banished and accused of treason for his well-intended advice to the king.