These are the countries that Chinese tourists most want to visit

Travelers check in at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport in December. 12, 2022, after China relaxed domestic travel restrictions.

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BEIJING – Now that China is set to reopen its borders, locals are rushing to plan trips abroad for the Lunar New Year at the end of January, according to Trip.com Group.

Half an hour after the policy change was announced in China, overseas travel searches rose to a three-year high, the travel booking firm said.

Japan, Thailand, South Korea, the United States, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and the United Kingdom made the list of the top 10 destinations outside the continent with the fastest growing search volume, the company said . Macau and Hong Kong also made the list, which did not include any countries on the European continent.

China’s National Health Commission announced Monday afternoon that starting in January. On the 8th, incoming travelers would no longer have to be quarantined upon arrival on the mainland, ending a nearly three-year-old policy.

Authorities also said they would allow Chinese citizens to resume travel, without providing details on timing or the process.

During the pandemic, Beijing prevented Chinese citizens from obtaining passports or leaving the country unless they had a clear reason, usually for business.

The Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is one of the most important holidays in China. In 2023, the holidays start from January. 21 to 27.

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