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Mainlanders heading overseas up 20%

(Xinhua)

08:21, July 16, 2012

The number of Chinese mainland residents going overseas reached 38.56 million in the first six months of the year, up 19.75 percent year-on-year, the Ministry of Public Security said Sunday.

Exit and entry numbers across the Chinese border reached 208 million in the six months, up 6 percent from the same period of last year, the ministry said in a statement.

The top five destinations for mainland residents are Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan as well as South Korea and Japan, it said.

The number of entries by foreigners was up nearly 4.6 percent year-on-year in the six months, most of whom came from South Korea, Japan, the US, Russia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, the Philippines, Mongolia and Australia, according to the ministry.

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