Korea top Destination for Chinese Travelers Lunar New Year

[su_heading size=”22″]An estimated 5.19 million Chinese are expected to travel abroad for Chinese New Year this year with South Korea being their top destination.[/su_heading]

China began it’s week long New Year’s holidays this week, and a Chinese government survey showed that the world’s largest human migration from the big cities back to the home towns will be smaller by a record 5.19 million people this year.

Travel abroad for the Lunar New Year holiday season, is up 10 percent from the same period last year, and 15.6 percent of them are predicted to visit South Korea, according to the survey by China’s National Tourism Administration.

 
 

“This year, the number of tourists continues to grow, due to an easier visa application process for Chinese passport holders, and the depreciation of foreign currency against the yuan,” the agency said.

Fueled by the booming popularity of Korean pop music and TV dramas along with a gradual appreciation of the Chinese currency, Chinese visits to South Korea soared by 46 percent from a year ago to 6.33 million people in 2014, according to South Korean government data.

Here are the Top Five Destinations for the Chinese this Lunar New Year:

 
 
  1. South Korea (15.6 percent)
  2. Thailand (13.9 percent)
  3. Japan (8.7 percent)
  4. Australia (4.4 percent)
  5. Singapore (3.6 percent)

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