A new tourism map has been released by the country’s Ministry of Tourism, highlighting the number of tourists visiting the country each day.
In the new data, Beijing and Shanghai have both overtaken Hong Kong and Macau as the world’s top tourist destinations.
According to the data, there are now around 7.9 million Chinese tourists visiting Hong Kong each day, with more than 1.2 million coming from mainland China.
It is the second consecutive year that the two cities have surpassed Hong Kong.
The Chinese government has also revealed that the country now has the world ‘s second-largest number of tourist sites, after New York.
Hong Kong’s tourism sector accounts for around 2.6 million visitors each day and is forecast to expand at a CAGR of 8.5 per cent annually.
China’s tourism has long been a key driver of its economy and remains a key source of foreign exchange.
But the new tourism data has prompted concerns that Beijing is becoming a magnet for tourists and is increasing the size of its overseas base.
The government has been criticised for its heavy-handed handling of the tourist sector in recent years.
But experts have said the new travel data is an important step towards tackling the problem of China ‘s growing tourism sector, which is predicted to account for more than 20 per cent of the countrys economy by 2020.
The tourism data also provides a snapshot of the economic impact of the Beijing Olympics and the country is currently celebrating its 150th birthday.
It also highlights that the number has been growing since 2008 and is expected to reach 200 million by 2020, according to the ministry.
The data has also been released as the country prepares to celebrate the anniversary of the establishment of the Chinese Empire in 1768, marking the founding of the nation.
This year’s Beijing Olympics is scheduled to begin on May 18, and will take place between April 12 and June 7.