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A HOLIDAY is a pleasurable experience, generally, a chance to slip the surly bonds of the office for a couple of weeks (three if you’re lucky, a month if you’re French), clear the head and rejuvenate the body.
Chinese tourists are travelling abroad in ever-greater numbers; 97m in 2013, according to separate data from Hotels.com. Chinese international travellers were the seventh-highest spenders by nationality, paying $180 on average per night on hotel accommodation. And the majority of Chinese now prefer to travel independently, moving away from the herd of group travel that accompanied the start of the boom in Chinese tourism.
The survey didn’t give a reason for why the Chinese exaggerate the most about their holidays, but the status of being able to afford to go abroad, ensuring you keep one step ahead of the Wangses, may be a factor. Another explanation could be that the Chinese tourist is a relatively recent phenomenon who could learn a thing or two about complaining from travel-hardened European and American holiday-makers and write a review like this one, from a visitor to Tumon in Guam: “It’s a great beach, just too sandy”. (Source from the economist)