Only seven per cent of Chinese citizens own a passport, but given their ever-growing population, this actually accounts for 99 million people.
By 2030, it is estimated China will make up nearly a quarter of global tourism.
In 2017, 145 million overseas trips were made by Chinese residents, up from 41 million 10 years ago in 2007.
The UK attracts 260,000 Chinese tourists every year, according to a 2017 VisitBritain report.
The national tourism agency also revealed that the most popular activities for Chinese visitors were visiting museums or art galleries, visiting parks and gardens, and also going shopping.
So where in the UK do the tourists head to when they holiday in Britain?
The top destination in the UK is Buckingham Palace.
As Queen Elizabeth’s official London residence, the royal palace comes as no surprise.
After all, it’s one one of the few working royal palaces remains in the world today.
However, the second most popular spot for Chinese tourists is much more unlikely.
Rather than any further Royal or Harry Potter-related locations, as one would think, Bicester Village is the second favourite destination for Chinese tourists.
The large retail estate in Oxfordshire attracts three in four Chinese visitors by rail. Others Travel by tour bus.
The shopping centre even has signs in Mandarin now.
Chinese tourists flood to the retail estate thanks to their love of shopping. According to the UNWTO, Chinese tourists overseas spent $261.1 billion in 2016, up from around $10 billion in the year 2000.
As a result of Bicester Village’s popularity, Chinese tour agencies began Marketing the neighbouring village on Kidlington as offering a “true sense” of England, resulting in an influx of tourists to the unassuming village.
Also very popular with Chinese visitors is King’s College, Cambridge.
The college is home is a willow tree much loved by Chinese poet Xu Zhimo who wrote about in his ode ‘Taking Leave of Cambridge Again.
There’s a memorial stone beside the tree now and it’s a popular photo-snapping spot for Chinese tourists.
Also on the to-do list for Chinese tourists are stately home Chatsworth House in Derbyshire and Edinburgh Castle in Scotland.
Earlier this month the most densely populated countries in the world were revealed, but they’re not what would first spring to mind.
The three countries revealed as the most densely populated countries on the planet were Monaco, Macao or Singapore.
Source : EXPRESS