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Chinese tourists flock to Seoul to shop

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SEOUL, South Korea – Most Chinese tourists stay in Seoul for six days and spend an average of $250 a day, according to a recent survey.

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SEOUL, South Korea – Most Chinese tourists stay in Seoul for six days and spend an average of $250 a day, according to a recent survey. The results are based on a poll of 2.22 million Chinese who visited the country in 2011.

The results showed that 91.1 percent stayed in the capital for an average of six days and spent $250 a day, mostly on shopping.

Their favorite destinations were Myeong-dong (69.2 percent) and Dongdaemun market (66.7 percent).

The survey shows a slight female bias, with 51 percent of all Chinese tourists in 2011 being women, up from 43 percent in 2007.

Chinese are also more likely than tourists from most other countries to travel in groups. People in their 40s made up the majority of the group tours, while those in their 20s were most likely to have organized their own trips. The latter tend to stay slightly longer but spend less, the survey showed.

By age group, those in their 20s made up 26 percent of all Chinese tourists in Korea in 2011. The corresponding percentages for people in their 30s and 40s were slightly smaller at 23 percent each.

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