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Top 10 international destinations for Chinese travelers

SEOUL was the most popular international destination among Chinese tourists, thanks in large part to its K-pop phenomenon and K-dramas.

Dec 09, 2014 | By AFPRelaxnews

Seoul Skyline

Β was the most popular international destination among Chinese tourists, thanks in large part to its K-pop phenomenon and K-dramas.

According to the number crunchers at CityMetric Intelligence, the South Korean capital received the greatest number of Chinese visitors in 2013, with 4.3 million tourists hopping on a plane, destination Seoul.

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The city and country owe much of their popularity in China to their music and entertainment industries, which are exported as unofficial tourism ambassadors for the country.

After Seoul, the next most popular international destinations among Chinese travelers are , , Β and .

Seoul street

While the top five spots are dominated by Asian cities, because of proximity, the list also shows that of all the long-haul possibilities, Chinese tourists are most besotted by New York which drew 646,000 visitors, making it the sixth most popular city on the list, and the top long-haul city.

The most popular European destination was , likely for their shared communist heritage.

Chinese travelers took 100 million “outbound” trips this year with the vast majority visiting Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. But the regions of Hong Kong and Macau were excluded in the CityMetric report.

Top 10 international destinations in 2013 for Chinese travelers

1. Seoul, 4.3 million
2. Bangkok 3.4 million
3. Singapore, 2.3 million
4. Tokyo, 859,386
5. Taipei, 825,475
6. New York, 646,000
7. Los Angeles, 570,00
8. Bali, 387,533
9. Sydney, Australia, 387,000
10. Moscow, 376,500

Most popular long-haul destinations

1. New York
2. Los Angeles
3. Sydney
4. Moscow
5. Melbourne
6. San Francisco
7. Dubai
8. Venice
9. Paris
10. Auckland
11. Vancouver

Top Destinations in the Americas

1. New York
2. Los Angeles
3. San Francisco
4. Vancouver
5. Toronto
6. Washington D.C.
7. Chicago
8. Seattle
9. Boston
10. San Diego
11. Sao Paulo
12. Rio de Janeiro


 
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