The room charges are almost the same as a regular

hotel, with the cheapest costing 158 yuan ($23) per day for a small breed, and more than 300 yuan for

bigger breeds. The VIP room, which has a TV set and more space, comes with additional charges.

But the prices don’t deter pet owners and Chen said during the Labor Day holiday room

s were sold out two weeks in advance, and the VIP option was among the most popular.

According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, in 2018, domestic travel reached 5.54 billion journeys, up 10.8 per

cent year-on-year, while outbound travel topped 291 million, up 7.8 percent year-on-year.

Meanwhile, pet ownership has been rising steadily in China, from

59.12 million pets in 2017 to 73.55 million in 2018, up 24 percent year-on-year, ac

cording to an industry report released by Goumin.com, the country’s biggest online pet community.

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