Yang Jing and her husband are just one month away from their dream of a romantic honeymoon in the tropical island of Bali during the upcoming Spring Festival, the Chinese New Year.
They plan to spend 20,000 yuan (3,165 U.S. dollars) on the trip, an “acceptable” expense for the couple who both work at public institutions in Taiyuan, capital of the northern province of Shanxi.
“The island has great sea views, and it’s more convenient to go there this year because my city has a new direct flight,” said the 26-year-old Yang.
She and her husband are just one of the many Chinese who have chosen to travel abroad during the traditional family-reunion-type lunar new year, which falls in mid-January.
The Spring Festival is the most important holiday period in China, and the tradition is to return home to have dinner with the whole family on New Year’s Eve, the last day of the Chinese lunar calendar.
However,many families now choose to step out of the country to pursue new holiday experiences.
The trend reflects a change in people’s attitudes toward the homecoming tradition, and they now focus more on the holiday experience, said Li Jianxin, an assistant professor of tourism management at Beijing International Studies University.