Bangkok, Thailand - June 5, 2016: A large crowd of mainly Chinese tourists are standing at the entrance to the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand.  Several people of mixed age, ethnicity and sex are walking.  Many are using or looking at mobile telephones.  The Chinese tourism market in South East Asia is expanding at a rapid rate.
Tourism income reached 513.9 billion yuan, an increase of 8.2% year-on-year, officials said. Photo: AFP

China received a total 415 million of tourists during the Chinese New Year holiday last week, an increase of 7.6% from a year earlier, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, The Paper reported.

Tourism income has also reached 513.9 billion yuan, an increase of 8.2% year-on-year, the ministry said.

Meanwhile, the number of outbound visits increased by over 10% during the holiday. A total of 7.22 million of residents went aboard for a private reason, a rise of 15.97% year-on-year, Xinhua news agency reported.

The top ten overseas destinations include Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, the United States and Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, Xinhua said.

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