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More Chinese tourists to travel abroad during the 2018 Chinese New Year holiday

    It's estimated that during the 2018 Chinese New Year holiday from February 15 to 23, Chinese tourists will make a record high of more than 6.5 million trips overseas.

    Tourists from 200 Chinese cities will travel to more than 700 destination cities in 68 countries, according to a report recently released by the China Tourism Academy and Ctrip, a Shanghai-based leading provider of travel services.

    The most popular overseas destinations among Chinese tourists are Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and America. It has become a trend among Chinese tourists either to visit Thailand to escape the cold weather or to admire the snow in Japan during this time of the year.

    Vietnam, the Philippines, and Cambodia have replaced South Korea and Bali to become Chinese tourists' favorite nearby destinations. For long distance travels, most chose countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Northern European countries, Canada, Italy, and the Czech Republic. The tourists who have chosen Northern European countries and Canada have increased by 150 percent from last year.

    The report also shows that the most popular destinations within China are Sanya, Beijing, Xiamen, Shanghai, Harbin, and Guilin. And the tourists are now willing to spend more money on travelling products. An average tourist will spend 9,500 yuan (US$1,484) on an overseas trip, or 3,500 yuan (US$555) on a domestic trip.

    The price to European countries has increased by 10 to 20 percent from last year; the price to Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, has increased from 2,000 to 3,000 yuan. And the average individual consumption on trips to Italy, America, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines have decreased slightly from last year.

    In addition, most of the outbound travelers are born in the 1970s and 1980s, and they want to take the opportunity of the Chinese New Year to spend time with their parents and reward their children.