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Ten overseas hot pots

TOURISTS are continuing to travel to foreign locations, but it seems that their confidence has somehow been shaken by the current security conditions in certain destinations. According to a previous survey carried out by, China's leading online travel service platform, Chinese tourists are now paying more attention to safety concerns when planning a trip.

The recent unrest in North Africa, massive earthquake in New Zealand and nuclear crisis in Japan will strike a great blow to the tourism industry. Before the disasters happened, these places were among the most popular destinations for Chinese tourists.

Here are 10 popular alternative travel destinations which are currently considered safe to visit.


Taiwan has been among the hottest travel destinations since 2008. Individual travel is expected to be allowed during the second quarter of the year, which will further stimulate the market. Natural scenery, snacks in Taipei, leisurely life on farming land and Chinese cultural relics are the biggest attractions for tourists.

Hong Kong

Often the first choice for Chinese mainland tourists making their maiden overseas trip. Seafood, shopping and spectacular night landscapes never go out of date.


Sunshine, beaches, sea and bikinis are the main themes of a holiday at this honeymoon paradise. A warning by experts that the Maldives may sink in the near future has encouraged many tourists to grab their "last chance" to visit this idyllic island.


As one of the earliest destinations open to Chinese mainland tourists, the Southeast Asian country doesn't have to worry about losing trade. And even after the riots in 2009, Thailand's sunny beaches, cultural attractions and affordability have drawn the tourists back.

South Korea

South Korea's Jeju Island is popular because of its visa-free policy which allows tourists holding return tickets to stay on the island for 15 days. The island is well-known for its volcanic island and lava tubes, and as a consequence has World Heritage Site status.


Despite the well-known sights in Paris, Marseilles and other cities, shopping is another main purpose for the Chinese to head to France. Buying luxury goods in Paris has become a popular pursuit for many of China's wealthy class.

Bali Island

As a traditional beach resort, Bali Island is superb, no matter if it's for holiday, honeymoon or MICE. For those after some culture, the temples on the island are a big draw.

United States

A newly rising destination for mainland tourists, the Chinese are keen to see for themselves the country they have seen numerous times on TV and maybe try their luck in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, many tourists are waiting patiently in the hope that individual tours to the US will soon be allowed.


With Italy, the problem is not what to see, but how to visit as many attractions as possible in rather limited time. Venice should be near the top of any must-visit lists, since it is reckoned the city may soon be devoured by the water in its famous canals.


Australia is especially popular during the winter, as people can escape the freezing climes of the Northern Hemisphere to enjoy the adequate sunshine down under. A holiday in Australia offers not only traditional sightseeing but also the chance to try some water sports.


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