China is forever linked to its ancient civilization, friendly people, and many of the world’s most revered treasures, such as The Great Wall, Terra-Cotta Warriors & Horses and the Yangtze River. Today, one can also find spectacular architecture and towering skylines in Shanghai and Beijing (site of the 2008 Summer Olympics), a wealth of luxury accommodations – and as always – exquisite cuisine.
Tourism in China is a booming industry. In the year 2002, a total of 97.91 million people visited China and China's international tourism revenue was 20.4 billion U.S. dollars. It has become one of the fastest growing sectors for China's economy.
The China National Tourist Office (CNTO), is an overseas office whose headquarter is in Beijing.
Now, China is fast on its way to becoming a country with developed tourism, and constantly improving tourism facilities and services. It is estimated that, by 2020, China will be the world’s No. 1 touristic destination and the fourth-largest nation of tourists.