China tourism has developed rapidly for the last few decades, since the the open policy had been implemented in 1978. The glorious ancient architectures, the splendid landscapes, the hospitable Chinese people, all of these make the tourism industry prosper in the past few decades. The emergence of a newly rich middle class and an easing of restrictions on movement by the Chinese authorities are both fueling this travel boom. China has become one of the world's most-watched and hottest outbound tourist markets. There are 1349 international travel agencies existing in China, and 248 of them are in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin and Chongqing-the four municipalities. The domestic and international transportation also has great improvement that it is easier for tourists to travel to China.
China had been the third most visited country in the world. During 2012 the China inbound tourists reaches 11,629,000, and the international tourism receipts reaches US$ 5,000,000,000. China is the world's fourth largest country for inbound tourism. Chinese travelers also spent a record of US$ 10,200,000,000 in international tourism in 2012, a 40% jump from 2011 when it amounted to US$ 7,300,000,000.
WTO has predicted that till 2020, China will become the largest tourist country and the fourth largest for overseas travel. It is possible to reach this goal cause of the flourishing situation of the timely China tourism. Visitors from different countries may meet their fellow citizens when they tour in a city of China.
Nowadays, besides those classical tourist places such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin, Hong Kong, Tibet and Xinjiang, many other areas such as Qingdao, Harbin, Nanning etc. also gradually develop into booming tourist destinations in recent years.