Chinese bookings for domestic and overseas educational tours during the seasonal school vacation are on the rise, Yang Feiyue reports.
With two months to go before the summer vacation, parents have already gone out of their way to plan ahead for their children.
Since April, many have beaten a path to several brick-and-mortar shops in Beijin
g that are owned by the major domestic online travel agency, Ctrip, the company reports.
“The online views of our summer-vacation study tour products have increased by 120 percent in April as comp
ared with the previous month,” says Zhang Jie, general manager of Ctrip’s study-tour operations.
Zhang expects the number of young travelers who take educatio
nal trips to grow by more than 50 percent compared with the same period of last year.
At the moment, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan and Canada are am
ong the most popular foreign destinations for those inquiring about study tours, while Beijing, Gansu prov
ince’s Dunhuang, Shanghai, Shaanxi province’s Xi’an and Jiangsu province’s Nanjing topped the domestic-destination list.
China’s smartphone shipments fell 4.1 percent year on year in March to 26.94 million units, dat
a from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) showed.
Last month, smartphones made up 94.9 percent of all mobile phone shipments in the country, ac
cording to a report from the CAICT, a research institute under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
Despite the mobile phone market shrinking, the drop has been moderated, said the report.
Overall mobile phone shipments went down 6 percent in March, narrowing from the 1
.9-percent slump in February to 28.37 million units, among which 95.1 percent were 4G phones.
Chinese-brand mobile phones accounted for 90.5 percent of total shi
pments last month, up from 90.3 percent in February 2019, according to the report.
ad conditions. Test results under different road conditions are supposed to reflec
t the adaptability and technical mobility of the autonomous driving technology.
Expected to be one of the most important autonomous vehicle mark
ets by accounting group KPMG early this year, China has conducted road tests in a raft of its m
unicipalities and provinces, including Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing and Guangdong.
As China’s center of scientific and technological innovation, Beijing has been a pioneer in developing self-driving technology.
The country’s first self-driving road test report notes that the capital is scheduled to scale up tests. It cites a plan that aims to have te
st areas of 500 square kilometers and 2,000 km of open roads for testing intelligent-connected vehicles by 2022.
Data show that since February 2018, Beijing has opened 44 roads, totaling 123 km for road tests.
As of the end of 2018, the capital had 54 registered autonom
ous-driving vehicles, accounting for more than 50 percent of the total nationwide.