China’s domestic travel recovery marred by anti-spending ‘special forces’

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By Casey Hall SHANGHAI (Reuters) – When graduate student Cai Zhishan decided to spend her Labour Day holidays in northern China, she wished she had enough money to hire a car for the more-than 4,000km (2,500 mile) round trip – the equivalent of driving from New York to Los Angeles. Instead, she chose “travelling like special forces,” a new trend in China that has emerged as a symptom of the underlying weakness in household consumption, and which is casting a shadow over a post-pandemic recovery in domestic tourism. Cai, 22, mostly took slow trains and buses as she made her way from the city of…

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