07 August 2008
The Great Wall – China's greatest attraction for Malaysians
According to a recent survey conducted by Visa International, Malaysians who are travelling to China for the Beijing Olympics have picked the Great Wall of China as their number one priority to see while in the country, reports Bernama.com.
91 per cent of Malaysian tourists to the Olympic Games indicated in the survey their itinerary will include the Great Wall, while 75 per cent said the Forbidden City will be their priority. The Silk Road sat third in the list.
The report from Visa also said 88 per cent of Australians put the Great Wall at number one on their itinerary, and 87 of New Zealanders had the same opinion.
Over half of those from Hong Kong said they would prefer to visit Jiuzhaigou National Park over the Great Wall of China, while Indians named the Li River as their second top attraction. The Japanese preferred the Silk Road and the Terracotta Warriors over the Forbidden City.
Over 3,000 people in the Asia-Pacific region were included in the survey, which was designed to predict future market trends.
Richard Chang, Visa’s Executive Vice President and General Manager for Greater China and the Philippines said, "With China hosting the Olympic Games, Chinese culture and history are definitely more in the spotlight than ever before. It is wonderful to see that the Great Wall remains a firm favourite, especially the Badaling section, which draws around 10 million visitors a year." He added, results such as these add weight to the prediction that by 2015 China would be the world’s second largest travel and tourism economy after the United States.
All visitors to China are required to gain a Chinese visa to gain entry. The Chinese visa, or Ordinary Visa, is separated under three general categories, including tourist visas, business visas, and permanent visas. There are eight sub-categories of visas within these three categories, which are distinguished by the letters L, G, F, X, Z, C, J, and D.
The Worldwide Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in Chinese visas and immigration services.
Article by Jessica Bird, Worldwide Visa Bureau.