China Tourism

Fact 1: China tourism is started lately, but developing rapidly.

Since reform and opening up, with the sustained and speedily development of national economy and the improvement of people’s lives, the tourism industry has become an important industry of national economy and one of the fastest growing areas of consumer spending. In 2015, the total number of domestic tourists is 4 billion, domestic tourism income is USD 34,195.10, and inbound tourism income is USD1,136.50. China is poised to become the world’s second largest inbound tourist destination and the largest outbound tourist market.

Fact 2: China tourism is booming.

According to the world tourism organization, China will become the world’s largest tourist destination by 2020, with total tourism revenue accounting for 8 percent of gross domestic product. China is rich in tourism resources and has a large number of cultural and natural heritage sites, which appeals to domestic and foreign tourists. China ranks third as a tourist destination country after France and the US. On the other hand, with the development of tourism resources in the central and western regions and the improvement of tourism conditions, China will become more and more attractive to the world.

Fact 3: Visitors from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan are the main force of the inbound tourism market.

In 2016, visitors from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan accounts for 79.67% of the total market share. A small structure adjustment of foreign tourist market appears, the top 10 tourist resource countries are: South Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Myanmar, the United States, Russia, Mongolia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore.

Fact 4: Sightseeing and relaxation are the main purposes of visiting China.

The main information for visitors to China is from BBS or introduced by friends and relatives. Traffic and weather conditions, tourism products and service are the most important reference elements for inbound tourists. Landscape, cultural relics, food and cooking are among the most popular tourist items.

See The Most Popular Tourist Activities in China.

Fact 5: Diffusion path from most popular cities.

Inbound tourists usually make Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xian, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guilin, Kunming, Shenyang as the diffusion path, among which the most typical is Beijing -Shenyang, Shanghai – Beijing, Guangzhou – Shenzhen, Xi ‘an – Beijing, Chengdu – Chongqing, Guilin – Chongqing, Kunming – Guilin and so on.

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Fact 6: Domestic Tourism Peak Times.

The emergence of a newly rich middle class and some enabling policies by the Chinese authorities are both fueling China travel boom. This is the age of tourism by the whole people. Generally speaking, public holidays are the peak season in China, including New Year(January 1), Chinese New Year(1st day of 1st Lunisolar month), Tomb-Sweeping Day(April 4 or April 5), Labour Day(May 1), Dragon Boat Festival(5th day of 5th Lunisolar month), Mid-Autumn Festival(15th day of 8th Lunisolar month) and National Day(October 1), especially Chinese New Year and National golden week. Usually, the summer and winter vacation are also peak times for travelers. In these days, full capacity is almost everywhere. All modes of transport are difficulty, price of ticket, hotel, and dining will rise sharply, while the quality of service will go down.

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Fact 7: The Most Popular Destinations

Beijing: Beijing, China’s sprawling capital, has history stretching back 3 millennia. It’s known as much for its ancient sites such as the Forbidden City –  the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties, the Great Wall – the world’s longest wall and biggest ancient architecture, the Temple of Heaven – the royal altar of the Ming and Qing dynasties, Summer Palace – the summer resort for royal families and emperors, etc.

Xian: Once known as Chang’an (Eternal Peace), Xian marks the Silk Road’s eastern and is the capital of Shaanxi Province in central China. Listed as one of “Must Visit” cities of China, it has the famous Terracotta WarriorsShaanxi History Museum and Big Wild Goose Pagoda, etc.

Shanghai: Shanghai, on China’s central coast, is China’s biggest city and a global financial hub. Except for the Bund, it is famous for the futuristic skyline, including Shanghai Tower and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Sprawling Yu Garden has traditional pavilions, towers and ponds.

Chengdu: Chengdu is famed for being the home of cute giant pandas and you can not only take a close look at them and also take care of them as a panda keeper. Beside lovely pandas, you can visit Jinli Old StreetWenshu TempleWuhou TempleKuan-Zhai Alley, or Dujiangyan Irrigation System.

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Fact 8: An amazingly low price is just a trap.

First be aware of amazingly cheap price. In China, many travel agency attract tourists with low prices, which follows forced shopping, hidden charges or shoddy service. Therefore, an accredited operator with good reputation and strong strength is the first choice and can effectively reduce the accident risk index.