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Travelers from Where Like to Visit China Most?

– A Report Based on China Inbound Tourism Data from 2014

Published: Jan. 23, 2015

Who likes traveling to China most? What is it like to visit China? If you are eager to go, but still hesitating, or your travel plan has been laid aside for a long time, this report on China inbound tourism from 2014 will lead you to a wise decision.

China received 128 million inbound tourists in 2014, among them 55 million stayed overnight. The revenue from inbound visitors was USD56.9 billion. Although with a slight decrease compared with 2013, the total scale of revenue is still amazing!

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 Who like traveling to China most?

According to China National Tourism Administration, the top 18 tourist source countries in 2014 are in order: South Korea, Japan, Russia, United States, Vietnam, Mongolia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, India, Germany, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Thailand, Indonesia, France, and Kazakhstan.

South Korea has ranked as the largest tourist source country of China tourism for many years. There are several reasons: it is relatively close to China; increasing investment and economic cooperation make China more famous among the common people in South Korea; compared with western countries, the economy of South Korea has developed steadily in recent years, and people have more extra money.

  What do they like most about China?
 Top 20 cities international travelers visit the most:
Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xian, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Chengdu, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Chongqing, Suzhou, Harbin, Qingdao, Xiamen, Shenyang, Kunming, Wuhan, Dalian, Luoyang, Changsha.Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xian, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Chengdu, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Chongqing, Suzhou, Harbin, Qingdao, Xiamen, Shenyang, Kunming, Wuhan, Dalian, Luoyang, and Changsha. 
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 Top 20 tourist attractions:
Great Wall, Forbidden City, Shaolin Temple, Terracotta Warriors, Yangtze River Three Gorges, Mt. Taishan, West Lake, Panda Base, Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Mt. Wudang, Mt Emei and Leshan Giant Buddha, Jiuzhaigou Valley, Mt. Changbai, Yellow Mountains, Mogao Caves, Phoenix Ancient Town, Potala Palace, the Bund, Jingdezhen.The Great Wall, The Forbidden City, Shaolin Temple, Terracotta Warriors, Yangtze River / Three Gorges, Mt. Taishan, West Lake, Panda Base, Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Mt. Wudang, Mt Emei and Leshan Giant Buddha, Jiuzhaigou Valley, Mt. Changbai, Yellow Mountains, Mogao Caves, Phoenix Ancient Town, Potala Palace, the Bund, Jingdezhen. 
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 Top 10 Chinese dishes favored by foreigners:
Sweet and Sour Pork Fillet, Kung Pao Chicken, Spring Rolls, Fried Rice, Ma Po Tofu, Dumplings, Wonton, Peking Roast Duck, Chow Mein, Fried Shrimps with Cashew Nuts.Sweet and Sour Pork Fillet, Kung Pao Chicken, Spring Rolls, Fried Rice, Ma Po Tofu, Dumplings, Wonton, Peking Roast Duck, Chow Mein, Fried Shrimps with Cashew Nuts. 
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 What are they saying about China?
Hereunder are some first-hand interviews with foreign visitors, which help you identify the real China from different aspects.

Elijah Shepherd from Canada: “In my imagination, China had lots of bikers on streets and the air was not good. However, when I come here and I find it has more cars than bikes and the air is much better than expected. The modern buildings are very impressive. And I like Chinese food very much!”

Kim Seok Do from South Korea: “Chinese culture is very profound and interesting. I like my present life in Xian, although sometimes it’s difficult to catch a cab and most drivers don’t speak English.”

Linda from US: “China is an impressive place with lots of modern skyscrapers, ancient buildings, rich culture, nice people, and delicious food… It’s very worth visiting and I’ll for sure come back!”

Mai Siying, an overseas student from United States: “I feel safe in China and dare to hang out late with my friends. I’m considering staying here after graduation.”

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