Here’s Where Mainland Chinese Traveled Abroad for Lunar New Year

BEIJING — Travelers from mainland China have stayed close to home in Asia over Lunar New Year, the first holiday after Beijing eased its Covid-related border controls.

Hong Kong and Macao were the most popular locations, Trip.com said, citing flight bookings on its platform for the first four days of the Lunar New Year. The seven-day vacation began on Saturday.

Here are the next three most popular overseas destinations for mainland travelers, according to Trip.com:

3.Bangkok

4. Singapore

5. Phuket, Thailand

Flight bookings for mainland travel to overseas destinations in the first four days of the holiday quadrupled from a year ago, Trip.com said.

At the end of December, Beijing announced that from January 8, travelers would no longer need to self-quarantine upon arrival in the mainland and that Chinese citizens could begin to resume their leisure trips abroad. . The change ended nearly three years of border controls.

However, Japan and South Korea – both popular among Chinese tourists – later imposed temporary restrictions on travelers from China, including limits on visas and quarantine of HIV-positive people.

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Singapore announced no changes, while Thailand dropped plans to require international visitors to show proof of Covid vaccinations, just days after announcing it.

China has seen a surge in Covid infections after Beijing ended most national Covid controls in early December. A negative Covid test is still required for travel to the mainland.

In 2019, outbound Chinese tourists spent $54.7 billion on shopping, according to Euromonitor International.

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