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China Tourism Statistics in 2013
In 2013, the China tourism industry kept developing continuously and healthily. The total revenue has reached 2,947.5 billion CNY, an increase of 14% over 2012, and providing over 500,000 direct job opportunities.

 Inbound Tourism:
China’s inbound tourism did not perform well in 2013 and experienced a slight decline compared with the previous year. However, inbound tourists still reached an amazing 129 million visitors, bringing an income of 51.7 billion USD. Culture is the soul of travel. China, an ancient oriental giant with a history of over 5,000 years bears a special cultural magnetism for worldwide tourists. The Beijing Olympics in 2008, the Shanghai Expo 2010 and other international events further promoted the popularity of China. Here, TravelChinaGuide provides some firsthand data on China inbound tourism in 2013 for your reference:

 Top 20 China Destinations for Overseas Tourists:

1. Beijing 2. Shanghai 3. Xian 4. Guangzhou 5. Guilin
6.Shenzhen 7. Hangzhou 8. Chongqing 9. Chengdu 10. Kunming
11. Hong Kong 12. Yichang 13. Suzhou 14. Datong 15. Zhuhai
16. Luoyang 17. Huangshan 18. Lhasa 19. Haikou 20. Sanya

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

The tourism environment of China improved markedly in 2013. The convenient flight network and the operation of many high speed trains in recent years (Beijing-Shanghai, Shanghai-Hangzhou, Wuhan-Guangzhou, Zhengzhou-Xian, and Harbin - Dalian, etc) make traveling in China faster and smoother. The service quality has also risen in parallel with the growth of tourist volume. In 2013, China made many efforts to enhance service standards and tourist safety. Many English tourist information services and tourist distribution centers were established in some popular destinations, facilitating the experience for overseas travelers to a large extent.
 See detailed information on Inbound Tourism.

 Outbound Tourism:
With the rise of personal incomes and living standards, the outbound tourism market grows in leaps and bounds. Chinese people are eager to go sightseeing overseas which creates an immense market for some nearby countries. The popular outbound destinations include USA, Russia, France, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Maldives. In 2013, the number of outbound tourists totaled 98.19 million, up 18% compared with 2012. At present, China has increased the number of permitted overseas destinations for her citizens to 150 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 around 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