The late-night catering sector is springing back to life in summer, with the COVID-19 pandemic steadily receding in China. More food delivery orders at night have been seen nationwide at camping sites, hotels and gyms.
This summer, food delivery orders made at late night from camping sites, resort hotels and gyms jumped 30 percent or higher over late-night orders in spring. The order volume more than doubled that recorded in summer last year, according to a new report released by Ele.me, a major food delivery platform in China.
In particular, late-night food orders made from recreational vehicle camping sites surged nearly three times over the spring. At RV camping sites in Dalian, Liaoning province as well as Wuyishan and Xiamen of Fujian province, many young travelers ordered barbecue, snacks and mixed fruit at night.
Based on the volume of food orders late at night in the summer and the density of restaurants, the Donghu Road in Quanzhou, the business district near the Grand Canal in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, and a business district in Shenzhen, were considered the most dynamic areas for late-night food consumption nationwide, the report found.