26 Million Foreigners Visited China in 2010

More foreign citizens are traveling to China - in 2010, a total of 26 million of them visited China, which marks a 24% increase over the 21 million in 2009.

China's close neighbors in East Asia remain the countries from which the largest numbers of visitors originate. From Japan there came 3.23  million visitors; a slightly smaller number - 3.19 million - traveled from South Korea. Russia ranks the third, with 2.37 million citizens who traveled to China. The United States leads the rest in the pack - in 2010, a little over 2 million Americans journeyed to China, compared to 1.7 million in 2009.

The numbers for some other Western countries: Canada, 685,300; Germany, 608,6000; Britain, 575,000; Australia, 561,000; and France, 512,700.

Of the foreign citizens who visited China in 2010, about half (13 million) traveled for pleasure and sightseeing. Over 6 million visitors went on their trips for business reasons.