The People’s Republic of China, with 1.4 billion citizens, is the world’s most populous nation and home to one of the oldest civilizations. China is a popular tourism destination for travelers from around the globe and some project it will be the world’s top tourist destination by 2020. China’s central government plans the national approach to tourism and has developed policies and development plans for both international and domestic tourist markets. These policies and plans have led to initiatives at the national and provincial levels, and have resulted in events such as the 2008 Summer Olympics, which were held in Beijing.

China is home to a vast array of places with natural and cultural significance, and these are visited annually by millions of Chinese as well ...

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