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China Tourism Statistics in 2014
In 2014, China received 3,846 million tourists. They brought total revenue of about CNY3,380 billion, an increase of 14.7% compared with 2013.

 Inbound Tourism:
In 2014, China’s inbound tourists reached 128.4983 million and 55.622 million stayed at least one night in China, both sliding slightly compared with the previous year. But still, the foreign currency revenue increased by 10.16% over that of 2013, reaching USD 56.913 billion. The slide of inbound tourists was caused by many reasons, like air pollution, food safety issues, and corruption. But the major reason was that China’s national image declined. Here, TravelChinaGuide.com provides some firsthand data on China inbound tourism for 2014 for your reference:

 Top 20 China Destinations for Overseas Tourists:

1. Hong Kong 2. Shanghai 3. Beijing 4. Macau 5. Guangzhou
6. Shenzhen 7. Sanya 8. Xian 9. Hangzhou 10. Chengdu
11. Qingdao 12. Dalian 13. Xiamen 14. Zhuhai 15. Nanjing
16. Guilin 17. Suzhou 18. Chongqing 19. Tianjin 20. Haikou

 Top Tourist Source Countries:
1. South Korea 2. Japan 3. United States 4. Russia 5. Vietnam
6. Malaysia 7. Mongolia 8. Singapore 9. Philippines 10. India
11. Australia 12. Canada 13. Germany 14. Thailand 15. United Kingdom
16. Indonesia 17. France 18. Kazakhstan

The tourism environment of China improved markedly in 2014. The convenient flight network and the operation of many high-speed trains in recent years (Beijing-Shanghai, Shanghai-Hangzhou, Shanghai-Guangzhou, Zhengzhou-Xian, Harbin - Dalian, Nanning – Guangzhou, and Guiyang – Guangzhou, etc) make traveling in China faster and smoother. The government also adopted many favorable policies to attract overseas visitors, such as 72-hour visa-free transit, incentive policies to travel agencies, and advertising China on international media, etc.
 See detailed information on Inbound Tourism.

 Outbound Tourism:
With the rise of personal incomes and living standards, the outbound tourism market grows by leaps and bounds. Chinese people are eager to go sightseeing overseas which creates an immense market for foreign countries. The popular outbound destinations include USA, Russia, France, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Maldives. In 2014, the number of outbound tourists reached 107 million, up 19.49% compared with 2013. Currently, China has increased the number of permitted overseas destinations for her citizens to 151 countries and regions. A further and sustained growth of outbound tourism is expected.
 See detailed information on Outbound Tourism.

 Domestic Tourism:
China, a country with an amazing population of over 1.3 billion, has an incomparably large domestic tourism market. In the recent decade, domestic tourism had a continuous increase of over 10% each year, and now contributes over 4% to the growth of the country’s GDP and greatly enhances the employment, consumption and economic development of China. The most popular destinations for Chinese tourists include Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin, Hangzhou, Sanya, Lhasa, Chengdu, Lijiang, Hong Kong, and Macau. The tourist volume rockets to amazing numbers during the peak seasons, especially the two golden weeks (the National Day Holiday, from Oct. 1 to 7 and the Spring Festival). This can cause problems with traffic and tourist service quality. When you plan a visit to China you should avoid these rush periods.

According to the latest prediction from the World Tourism Organization, there will be an annual increase of 43 million of international tourists to China over the next 20 years, and the number will soar to 1.8 billion by 2030. The Asia-Pacific area is becoming the hot destination of choice with the largest increase in visitor numbers. We wish you all a wonderful tour to China!

 More Data: Other Facts & Figures

Data Source: China National Tourism Administration

Further Reading:   China Tours