China's tourist arrivals started to resume rising in February to 7.533 million, up 2.13 percent over the same period last year, sources with the National Tourism Administration said.
Compared to February last year, when China's tourism suffered from SARS, China this year saw a rise in tourist arrivals from Hong Kong, Macao and foreign countries, but not Taiwan.
According to the statistics, the number of tourists from foreign countries, Hong Kong and Macao reached 1.1022 million, 4.6579 million and 1.5201 million, up 5.72 percent, 2.05 percent and5.62 percent respectively over the last same period.
Among 16 major tourism source countries, five Asian countries saw a decline in the number of tourists going to China due to the bird flu epidemic, while 11 countries achieved a rise and eight ofthem reached double-digit growth, the statistics show.
The total tourism income in foreign exchange in February reached 1.561 billion US dollars, down by 1.37 percent over the previous same period, the statistics said.