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by Michael C. Lowe | April 13, 2011

 China is moving up the list of the world's top tourism destinations, bypassing Spain and moving into the third spot behind France and the United States, according to the Asia News Network. Man Hongwei, director of the International Coordination Department at the China National Tourism Administration, announced the number of international visitors who stayed at least one night reached 55.66 million last year, an increase of 9.4 percent from 2009. Additionally, the Chinese tourism industry's total revenue grew by 15 percent within the past five years, while outbound Chinese travelers totaled 57.39 million in 2010, up 20.4 percent year-over-year.