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Most Visited Countries by Chinese

Name the countries that mainland Chinese tourists travel to the most.
For the first nine months of 2014. source
Includes special administrative regions
Quiz by skukka
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Last updated: April 26, 2017
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# Tourists
Country
3,546,921
South Korea
2,884,539
Thailand
2,671,350
Taiwan
1,394,203
Japan
990,159
Singapore
677,836
Malaysia
646,048
Indonesia
# Tourists
Country
619,294
France
553,846
United States
497,453
Italy
440,683
Vietnam
436,771
Switzerland
413,333
Australia
397,611
Germany
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Level 59
Apr 24, 2017
I missed Switzerland... The quiz shouldn't have Hong Kong & Macau included as the hint says it's only about mainland China
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Level 77
Apr 25, 2017
Mainland Chinese tourists. And it asks you to "name the countries". Neither Hong Kong or Macau count as countries. I think the "mainland" is to stall the arguments involving Taiwan.
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Level 59
Apr 25, 2017
Mainland China is a geopolitical area under the direct jurisdiction of the People's Republic of China. It excludes special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao. Has nothing to do with Taiwan and a lot to do with why Hong Kong and Macao are on the list.
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Level 80
Aug 13, 2017
Neither Macau nor Hong Kong are part of Mainland China. Mainland doesn't include the Special Administrative Regions.

And Taiwan just straight up isn't China. It's a completely different country with state sovereignty and its own currency regardless of what the Chinese government may try and claim

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Level 73
Aug 15, 2017
I think it is a bit strong to say 'has nothing to do with Taiwan' since clearly mainland China does not include Taiwan, no matter what one's views are of their post-war separation politically. HK & Macau are SARs, as you said, and would be apart from consideration - in addition to Taiwan.
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Level 59
Aug 15, 2017
Yes, I strongly say "has nothing to do with Taiwan" because it doesn't . Because the phrase 'mainland China' in this quiz has nothing to do with Taiwan. I know, because I made the quiz. This quiz used to have Hong Kong and Macao as travel destinations and therefore the quiz also included 'Mainland China' (not implying to Taiwan like 'sillie' suggests but to actual Mainland China and mainlandchinese tourists).
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Level 13
Aug 19, 2017
I live in Hong Kong and I don't really accept the mainlanders. However, Hong Kong is still in China and in 2047, Hong Kong will not be a SAR and be a part of China. Therefore, Hong Kong and Macau is not a country. Moreover, Taiwan is a country and has it's own government, citizenship, military etc.
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Level 82
Aug 23, 2018
Did QuizMaster take Hong Kong and Macau off the quiz? Maybe you should remove the caveat.
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Level 76
Nov 20, 2021
Late to the party lol, but I think the caveat is still there to exclude international tourists coming from Hong Kong and Macau
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Level 66
May 20, 2023
I wonder what the motivation to visit Switzerland is.

I guessed it. My thoughts were:

-rich Asian areas. Then major SEA/areas with big tourism

-Australia/NZ is probably the easiest way to see caucasian culture. (Or maybe the US west coast)

-No India? No Nepal? No nature sightseeing?

-No UAE, Iran, Turkey? Then probably no Middle East.

-No Egypt? Then probably no Africa.

-Big European countries. Then wealthy/exclusive smaller countries.

Maybe it has something to do with ground transportation between France/Germany/Italy. Or visa/travel ease.

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Level 19
Apr 8, 2024
I'm Chinese. There are two reasons why Switzerland is on the list.

- Swiss alpine scenery is famous across China and is the embodiment of utmost countryside beauty in Chinese context.

- While most Chinese would love to visit UK or France on their first trip to Europe due to their history and economic power, a UK visa only helps unlock UK and Ireland, whereas a French visa helps unlock the entire Schengen area including Switzerland. Hence France is the more worthwhile destination, and it's convenient to add some Swiss Alps sightseeing to the itinerary too.

Your thoughts on other regions make much sense. Some explanation:

- India and China are hostile. Nepali scenery is pretty much the same as Tibet, for which we don't even need a passport to travel to.

- Anything beyond Southeast Asia would be considered "very far". Among the "very far" destinations, Western Europe stands out among other regions because of how often it appears in our history and science textbooks & pop culture.

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Level 19
Apr 8, 2024
To add on, it is not a common knowledge to us that Germany, Austria and Italy share the Alps too. Basically, when we think about idyllic, picturesque, breathtaking countryside view, we think of Switzerland only. That's how Switzerland stands out as unique.
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Level 72
Apr 25, 2017
All fairly logical bar the least guessed, that one surprised me.
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Level 65
Apr 25, 2017
To embrace the Chinese culture you could even accept "Chinese Taipei"
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Level 74
May 13, 2017
That's just the olympics and world politics occasionally... nobody calls it that, and nobody regards it like some renegade province unless they work for the government.
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Level 56
Aug 13, 2017
"Includes special administrative regions" Has no such answers anyway.
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Level 69
Aug 13, 2017
That means tourists from the special administrative regions are included.
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Level 59
Aug 13, 2017
It used to include Hong Kong and Macao, but don't anymore.
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Level 45
Aug 14, 2017
Good they shouldn't be included since they are officially part of China now and no longer "countries".
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Level 59
Aug 14, 2017
Officially they are still special administrative regions.
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Level 82
Aug 13, 2017
You see Chinese tourists all over the place these days and all over Europe, too, even small East European countries without many other tourists. But I didn't guess Switzerland.
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Level 60
Aug 13, 2017
Haha, i tried North Korea, and then it felt awkward.....
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Level 67
Aug 14, 2017
Very surprised not to see the UK here. I live here and I know we have a huge Chinese community. Or is that immigration and therefore a whole different thing?
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Level 83
Sep 19, 2017
Immigration =/= tourism.
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Level 63
Aug 14, 2017
I'm curious, why do so many more Chinese go to South Korea than Japan?
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Level 45
Aug 14, 2017
Japan still has an image problem. Lots of people including my husband who is from Shanghai refuse to go to Japan since they have never officially apologized for the Nanjing massacre in WW2.
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Level 45
Aug 14, 2017
Interesting fact if you look up the Shanghai World financial centre the original design had the top as a circle but there was large protests against that since the architect was Japanese and people said it would look like the Japanese flag. The design had to be changed to look more like a square.
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Level 63
Aug 15, 2017
I didn't realize there was still this much animosity between the two countries. Thanks for the info!
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Level 45
Aug 17, 2017
Indeed there is quite a bit still. Correction the architect was American but the developer was Japanese/American. :)
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Level 73
Feb 13, 2019
I worked for a major airline for years and a few years ago we hired a number of people from China, South Korea, Philippines, and Japan and put them all in the same training class. The Chinese, Korean, and Filipino new hires refused to attend class with the Japanese.
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Level 43
Nov 21, 2018
only missed Indonesia
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Level 71
Feb 28, 2019
Top 14 in 2018:......Thailand ranked No.1, followed by Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, the United States, Russia, Cambodia, Italy and Australia:
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Level 62
Mar 30, 2020
That explains the high infection rate in Switzerland and Italy
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Level 75
Mar 21, 2023
I'm sure this seemed smart when you said it, but it's not. If it were that simple, it wouldn't have been just Switzerland and Italy, which are not at the top of this list. Leave the epidemiology to those who know what they're talking about.
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Level 65
Sep 30, 2023
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Level 79
Feb 17, 2021
Interesting that one of the answers is much less guessed than all the others 😲
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Level 35
Jan 14, 2023
Surprised cause no India,Nepal and Bhutan
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Level 72
Mar 27, 2023
A lot less developed than China.
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Level 51
Feb 3, 2024
Not surprisingly, for most Chinese people, South Asian countries are too underdeveloped and have health and safety issues that don't make them suitable for traveling
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Level 15
Jan 16, 2024
Taiwan is a part of China,this is a fact that will never change
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Level 45
Feb 2, 2024
de facto independent, just get over it
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Level 69
Feb 16, 2024
it won't change that its not a fact, sure.

Like even if you agree with all of China's political ideologies (which, lol. Socialism with Chinese characteristics? Sure buddy) it is just intellectually dishonest to call Taiwan part of China. You could try to argue it SHOULD be part of China or it WILL be part of China, but it is currently, objectively, not.

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Level 35
Mar 6, 2024
Surprised South Korea ranked #1
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Level 19
Apr 8, 2024
Not anymore. It's Thailand and Japan now. In 2014 Korean culture was very popular all across China, and Korean celebrities were also focusing their activities on Korea/China/Japan rather than Southeast Asia/Europe/USA as we see today. Due to political tensions the Chinese government limited Korean cultural activities from 2016-2021.