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Solo Chinese travelers present new challenges -- and opportunities

The number of independent travelers is soaring, marking a substantial shift in the market

Chinese tourists at Asiatique, a popular night market in Bangkok. (Photo by Marwaan Macan-Markar)

HONG KONG An unofficial invitation from the Danish Embassy to feast on the country's unwanted Pacific oysters became a surprise sensation in China's social media in April. Some internet users volunteered to "eat them to oblivion," while others suggested issuing special visas for Chinese visitors to devour the invasive shellfish that have spread explosively in parts of the Danish coast.

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