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China: tourists fly out but they don't fly in, more or less

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Tourists at the Tiananmen Square, Beijing, keep their masks on even when posing for photos.   © Reuters

DALIAN, China -- Fewer foreign tourists are going to China these days, their numbers being dragged down by severe air pollution, a strengthening currency and food safety problems. According to the China National Tourism Administration, the number of overseas visitors who visited and stayed at least one night in mainland China, including tourists from Hong Kong and Macau, totaled 55.69 million in 2013, down 3.5% from the previous year.

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