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Holiday sees big increases in China’s outbound tourism

Updated: Oct 8,2015 4:53 PM     english.gov.cn

Staff members in Seoul, South Korea, introduce activities to tourists, Oct 6, 2015. A welcoming event was set up by the municipal government on Oct 6 for Chinese tourists.[Photo/Xinhua]

China’s outbound tourism is becoming increasingly popular, especially to neighboring countries such as Japan, South Korea and Thailand, and even to remote destinations such as the US, Russia, France and Italy.

According to statistics released by the Korea Tourism Organization, Chinese tourists increased 30 percent during the recent National Day holiday period. Statistics released by the Embassy of Japan in China shows that the number of visas to Japan issued in Guangzhou alone in September increased 40 percent from a year ago.

The number of mainland tourists to Hong Kong in the first six days of the holiday exceeded 1 million, which is a 3.26 percent increase year on year; and the number to Macao was 799,700, an increase of 6.3 percent. The Taiwan Strait Tourism Association reported that mainland tourists to Taiwan during the whole National Day holiday surpassed 90,000, which was an increase of over 20 percent year on year.

Beijing, Zhejiang province and Shanghai were the major departure points for outbound tourism.

A tourist takes photos with a costume at the welcoming event for Chinese tourists in Seoul, South Korea, on Oct 6, 2015.[Photo/Xinhua]

An immigration inspection officer handles procedures for a tourist on Sept 30, 2015.[Photo by Xie Hao/Asianewsphoto]

An immigration inspection officer handles procedures for a tourist on Sept 30, 2015.[Photo by Xie Hao/Asianewsphoto]

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