外文标题：China has world's most outbound tourists: Report
BEIJING: Nearly 100 million Chinese tourists visited foreign countries last year, and they are likely to extend their lead as the world's biggest-spending travellers, state media reported on Thursday.
A total of 97 million Chinese tourists left the country in 2013, up 14 million from the previous year, the state-run China Daily reported, citing official data from China's National Tourism Administration.
The figures underline the rapid rise in the numbers of Chinese travelling abroad, who numbered just 29 million in 2004.
Chinese travellers spent $102 billion overseas in 2012, making them the world's biggest spenders ahead of Germans and US tourists, and are almost certain to have surpassed that record last year, the report said, citing researcher Song Rui.
China's economy has boomed over the past decade, expanding the ranks of its middle-class who are hungry for foreign travel after the country's decades of isolation in the last century.
European Union and Asian countries have moved to ease visa application procedures for Chinese tourists in recent years, keen to cash in on their big-spending habits.
"Chinese tourists spend so much abroad that some foreigners are calling us 'walking wallets'," Song, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, was quoted as saying.
Hotels and retailers around the world have stepped up efforts to woo Chinese visitors.
London's renowned Harrods department store says it now has 70 Mandarin-speaking staff and more than 100 China Unionpay terminals allowing direct payment from Chinese bank accounts.
Mahendra Kumar Nayak (Bhubaneswar)
Being the most populous country and fast developing naturally lot of people of China will be interested in foreign visits.
Engaged Zhang (China/UK)
According to 2012 stats Chinese out-bound to India was 118.3 compare to Vietnam 635,100 thousand people. India should do more to boost tourism.
monil shah ()
New trend begin in china as goverment has banned the family size to three.!!!
Ramnik Manjibhai Busa (Unknown)
Their economic performance is certainly better than rest of the world.
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Signs of prosperity of China.
Shows that China has a strong economy
Jaago, Ministry of Tourism Jaago! How many Chinese, Japaneese, Thai, Korean Tourists did you manage to get to India in the last 5 years?????
Kailas Hosakote ()
If the reforms started the visionary late Prime minister Mr P.Narasimha rao was allowed to continue till now, India would have come up economically many fold than we are in now and India would have been among the few world.'s big spenders with walking wallets all around the globe.
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PKumar Kumar (India)
This is great news, as Chinese knows how to be self sufficient by doing business and invent cheap and best consumer durable goods and get income from world over. Every country have different type of people and different mentality. Indian have different mentality - they like to be slaves of white people, Indian are good in education but have no idea how to be self sufficient in India itself.
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jameson97 (Location) replies to PKumar Kumar
we have been fooled in thinking that voting=democracy. worlds largest democracy with world largest number of poor(dwarfing sub-Saharan Africa population). looking at what china has achieved, we indeed give a bad name to Democracy.
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Sannjay Asrrani ()
that's the power of money and a strong economy, 100 million people travelling out of the country ? which means that much money is also being in those other countries. Monetary wise - super power status
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gone to the beach (call me)
Funny thing is, Chinese werent allowed to be tourists just a few years ago. The government didnt want them to see the world until China had started copying industries and taking jobs. They didn't want them to see that the rest of the world was better than China. Now that they have harmed the world economy, with currency tricks and devastated industries in other countries, they are venturing out with a belief in their own superiority. Even though, a few short years ago, they weren't allowed to see the world. Because it caused shame for China's government.
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Brown American (USA)
An Independent Kashmir could attract 10 M Chinese Tourists it would Generate $10 B in income for Kashmir. It could become 70% of its GDP. Kashmir should make tourism Pact with China to attract may 10-20 Million Tourists and that would be enough to make it into the most prosperous area of Asia.
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