The National Day holiday is fast approaching, and those who are planning last-minute trips are busy securing train tickets and quickly vanishing hotel accommodations in sought-after tourist destinations.
sought-after [ˈsɔːt æftər] adj. 受欢迎的，吃香的
Whether it's budget or luxury accommodations, hotel prices near city attractions are surging by 2 to 3 times or more. In popular tourist destinations, economy hotel rates during the National Day holiday are rivaling those of upscale resorts.
Media reports indicate that some luxury hotels in Sanya, Hainan, and Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, have seen their holiday prices nearly triple, while economy hotel rates have also doubled across the board. Besides hotels, many homestays are in high demand as well.
rival [ˈraɪvl] vt. 与…相匹敌；比得上
across the board 全面地；影响全体地
In Chengdu, Sichuan, certain homestays in the Chunxi Road and Taikoo Li commercial areas are charging about 3.38 times their off-season rates during the holidays.
Additionally, provinces like Anhui and Shanxi, and cities such as Qingdao in Shandong and Fuzhou in Fujian, have issued guidelines to regulate holiday pricing, emphasizing responsible pricing practices for operators.
To capitalize on the high demand, social media users are posting holiday-week apartment rentals at a fraction of hotel prices, as many hotels are fully booked.
at a fraction of ......的几分之一
A woman from Changsha advertised two spare rooms in her apartment only for female guests, as she will be using the main bedroom.
She is charging 188 yuan for the two rooms per day, and the rooms have been booked for all the available days.
In contrast to hotels and homestays, renting these residential properties usually doesn't involve deposits, cleaning fees, agreements, or guest registration. Besides, many homeowners don't provide standard hotel amenities like shower gel, shampoo, bath towels, disposable toothbrushes, or slippers.
amenities [əˈmɛnətiz] n. 便利设施
By law, residential properties designated for housing must not change their use unless otherwise specified by regulations. Furthermore, to establish a hotel, one must obtain a business license from the market supervision authority and a special industry permit from the local public security authority before opening for business.
Fu Jian, a lawyer at Henan Zejin Law Firm, said that as there is no written agreement being signed between homeowners and renters, and the ID information is not registered, it would be very difficult for the owner to safeguard his or her rights should a dispute occur.
Moreover, if there is a theft or an accident involving the guests during their stay in the apartment, the owner will more or less be held accountable, he said.
should [ʃʊd , ʃəd] aux. 假如，万一
be held accountable 被追究责任
He advised owners to be aware of the rules and regulations before renting out their apartments, and added that renters should also choose carefully to avoid unnecessary risks.
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