Chinese visiting other countries, regions up 20% in 2010

08:36, January 13, 2011      

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Some 114 million residents of the Chinese mainland made trips to foreign countries or other regions last year, up 20.5 percent year on year, according to the Bureau of Exit-Entry Administration under the Ministry of Public Security (MPS).

Hong Kong, Macao, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, the United States, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore were the 10 most visited destinations by Chinese mainland residents, said a statement released Wednesday by the bureau.

In addition, 52.1 million foreigners visited China last year, up 19.2 percent compared with the previous year.

According to the statement, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Russia were the top three countries of origin of these visitors.

About 12.38 million foreigners visited the country for tourism purposes.

The statement also said that 4,741 cases of illegal exit or entry, and 57,000 cases of other violations of exit-entry rules had been recorded in 2010.

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