For Chinese tourists, Buckingham Palace constitutes the best attraction in Britain

Published on : Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Chinese touristsFor the Chinese tourists, having a glimpse of the royal family, the Harry Potter studio, and Premier League soccer comprise the’ to-do lists in Britain.

More than 250,000 holidaymakers from China spent more than half a billion pounds in the United Kingdom last year, and that figure is expected to rise as disposable income and the ranks of the Chinese middle class continue to grow, rising to 500,000 by 2026.


Buckingham Palace tops the list of must-see attractions for the Chinese, followed by Chatsworth House and Edinburgh Castle.

Attractions that offer a bird’s eye view of London are also popular, with the Shard and London Eye on many people’s bucket lists.

“They are mostly interested in symbolic elements: the royal family, Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, and Downton Abbey,” according to a new report. But few are interested in the UK’s traditional food. According to VistBritain, fewer than one in 10 said they would have fish and chips at the seaside.

London was the most popular destination among travelers from China, with an annual average of 144,000 visitors between 2004 and 2016, compared to 35,000 in Edinburgh. Other popular places were Manchester, Cambridge and Oxford.


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