Chinese tourists

Chinese tourists

China's Vice-Premier Wang Yang in May 2013 acknowledged that "uncivilised behaviour" by its citizens abroad was harming the country's image. He cited "talking loudly in public places, jaywalking, spitting and wilfully carving characters on items in scenic zones". Destination countries have been easing visa restrictions to attract more tourists from China, but reports have emerged of complaints about etiquette.

China on track to become our largest market, says TripAdvisor chief

A Chinese tourist group visits the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in Bangkok, Thailand. The country is the top travel destination for Chinese tourists. Photo: EPA

China is set to become TripAdvisor’s largest market as Chinese tourists turn to the travel review site in their pursuit of high quality overseas experiences. 

Tuesday, 5 May, 2015, 2:35pm

Sharp drop in euro draws new generation of Chinese tourists to European destinations

A Chinese holidaymaker at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Photo: AFP

Holidays in Europe have a new attraction - the euro's sharp drop in value is making the continent much cheaper for tourists from across the world, especially a new generation of big-spending young Chinese and visitors from the United States.

17 Apr 2015 - 9:53pm

Four Chinese female passengers detained for hair-pulling fight during flight

A photograph taken by a passenger shows the women  allegedly fighting one another during the flight. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Four Chinese women were detained for being involved in a hair-pulling fight aboard a domestic flight – the latest in a series of cases of badly behaving mainland travellers.

15 Apr 2015 - 2:39pm 16 comments

With fewer mainland Chinese visitors, Hong Kong retailers target locals

With fewer mainland visitors at his tables, Frankie Wong (right) has changed the menu to bring in more local customers. Photo: May Tse

As mainland tourist dollars dry up, some businesses are shifting focus.

13 Apr 2015 - 3:09am 4 comments

Slashing visits by Shenzhen residents ‘won’t end’ parallel trading problem

Parallel traders, such as these repackaging goods in Sheung Shui yesterday, will be allowed fewer visits to Hong Kong. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Retailers and residents in districts frequented by Shenzhen visitors are bracing for an expected cutback in cross-border traffic.

15 Apr 2015 - 11:12am 45 comments

Chinese develop taste for luxury cruises

Tourists made more than 1.2 million trips from and to Shanghai's two home ports last year.

With their deck shoes and swimsuits in tow, mainlanders are increasingly going on luxury cruises for short vacations, shelling out as much as 30,000 yuan (HK$38,000) for a five-day trip to places like South Korea and Japan.

20 Apr 2015 - 12:32pm

Shenzhen imposes once-a-week limit on cross-border visits to Hong Kong by permanent residents

Traders will not be able to visit Hong Kong so often. Photo; David Wong

Shenzhen's permanent residents are to be limited to just one visit a week to Hong Kong using their multiple-entry permits, a move that will slash the number of these visitors by about 30 per cent.

15 Apr 2015 - 11:41am 51 comments

Chinese tourists flock to Sri Lanka despite strained ties

A Chinese tourist poses at a stilt fishing pole in Sri Lanka. Photo: Xinhua

Derrick Wong's gambit is paying off. There's no stopping the rising wave of Chinese tourists in Sri Lanka even as relations between the two nations have receded from last year's high-water mark.

10 Apr 2015 - 2:25am

INFOGRAPHIC: Everything you need to know about China's tourists

INFOGRAPHIC: Everything you need to know about China's tourists

With tourism one of the eight modern service industries targeted for development in China’s 12th Five Year Plan, the world’s biggest source of tourists and travel expenditure is preparing to build its own jetliner.

8 Apr 2015 - 10:56am

More Chinese tourists dying in crashes on foreign roads

Thai rescue workers, medics and police officers inspect wreckage of a Chinese tourist bus at the accident scene in Phuket island. Photo: EPA

Beijing expresses concern at rising Chinese toll in holiday accidents as requests for consular help climbs by more than 40 per cent in one year.

9 Apr 2015 - 11:24am 12 comments

Chinese tourists shun package trips in favour of independent travel

A Chinese tourist plays with pigeons in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: Xinhua

Young travellers are opting for full control in their holidaymaking, preferring to travel independently

24 Mar 2015 - 10:31am 5 comments

Top online travel site Qunar sees huge growth as Chinese tourists flock overseas

A Chinese couple takes a selfie at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: Xinhua

Rich Chinese consumers are becoming more willing to spend money traveling both domestically and abroad rather than buying luxury handbags and watches, as demonstrated by the massive growth of the country's leading online travel service provider.

17 Mar 2015 - 11:39am

Not again! Chinese passenger opens plane door during take-off ‘after mistaking handle for handrail’

The door of China's Urumqi Airlines aircraft was opened just as the plane was preparing to take off on a domestic flight on Saturday. Photo:

'I thought it was just like the handrail on the bus,' the flier was reported to have said before being locked up for 10 days.

17 Mar 2015 - 4:56am 61 comments

2 in 3 Hongkongers want curb on mainland Chinese visitors

About 70 per cent of the interviewed Hongkongers want to see all multiple-visit visas for Shenzhen residents cancelled. Photo: Reuters

Two out of three Hongkongers want to see restrictions on the travel scheme which has opened the city up to mainlanders - but the protests that have erupted against visitors from across the border have little support.

5 Mar 2015 - 11:51am 30 comments

US homes raided in crackdown on pregnant Chinese ‘birth tourism’ rings

Agents question residents at an apartment complex in Rowland Heights, California, as part of the investigation yesterday. Photo: TNS

Federal agents have searched more than a dozen homes in a crackdown on so-called "maternity tourism" operators who arrange for pregnant Chinese women to give birth in the US.

5 Mar 2015 - 3:12am 14 comments