The image of the flag-following, selfie stick-swinging, coach-hopping Chinese tourist is the one that pervades, but the profile of travellers from the Middle Kingdom is changing. Photo: Shutterstock The image of the flag-following, selfie stick-swinging, coach-hopping Chinese tourist is the one that pervades, but the profile of travellers from the Middle Kingdom is changing. Photo: Shutterstock
The image of the flag-following, selfie stick-swinging, coach-hopping Chinese tourist is the one that pervades, but the profile of travellers from the Middle Kingdom is changing. Photo: Shutterstock
Mercedes Hutton
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How ‘the China tourism miracle’ has boomed over the past 20 years

  • Until 1997, Chinese travel was restricted to select countries and available only to those in positions of privilege
  • That 140 million overseas trips were made from the Middle Kingdom last year shows how far a nation can go in two decades

The image of the flag-following, selfie stick-swinging, coach-hopping Chinese tourist is the one that pervades, but the profile of travellers from the Middle Kingdom is changing. Photo: Shutterstock The image of the flag-following, selfie stick-swinging, coach-hopping Chinese tourist is the one that pervades, but the profile of travellers from the Middle Kingdom is changing. Photo: Shutterstock
The image of the flag-following, selfie stick-swinging, coach-hopping Chinese tourist is the one that pervades, but the profile of travellers from the Middle Kingdom is changing. Photo: Shutterstock
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Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton is a Hong Kong-based journalist. She joined the Post in 2018, where she writes about culture, the environment and history for Post Magazine, and covers travel and tourism in Asia in a weekly column, Destinations Known.