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

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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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The Gates of Heaven at Lempuyang Temple, one of the main ports of call on Bali’s increasingly popular Instagram tours. Photo: Shutterstock
Mercedes Hutton
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Forget the Chinese and Australians, Instagram tourists are Bali’s worst visitors

  • Instagram tours taking travellers to the Island of the Gods’ most photogenic spots have become a popular way of seeing Bali
  • The whistle-stop trips follow a well-trodden path and leave little time to take in the surroundings

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The Gates of Heaven at Lempuyang Temple, one of the main ports of call on Bali’s increasingly popular Instagram tours. Photo: Shutterstock
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