The Gates of Heaven at Lempuyang Temple, a popular tourist destination in Bali. More than 6.5 million people visited the island in 2018, but tourism growth has slowed. Photo: Handout

Trump, traffic, trash: why Bali is losing its shine for Chinese tourists

  • As the US-China trade war takes a toll on Chinese tourist arrivals in Bali, the Indonesian island is turning to high-end tourism to fill the gap
  • First it must tackle ‘shut up and eat your soup’ zero-pricing tours and increasingly polluted beaches
Topic |   Chinese tourists

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The Gates of Heaven at Lempuyang Temple, a popular tourist destination in Bali. More than 6.5 million people visited the island in 2018, but tourism growth has slowed. Photo: Handout
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Joe Cochrane

Joe Cochrane

Joe Cochrane is an award-winning Jakarta-based foreign correspondent, editor and former war correspondent.