Overseas tourists continue to shun Beijing through 2013
--FILE--Foreign tourists wearing face masks visit the Tiananmen Square in heavy smog in Beijing, China, 4 January 2014. Amid rising pollution and a strengthening yuan, the capital city saw its tourist numbers drop to 4.20 million visits from January to November from 5.01 million visits in 2012, according to China Daily, citing a report from China Tourism Academy and Beijing Commission of Tourism Development. An earlier report based on a survey of domestic travel agents showed that visitors to the capital declined by roughly 50% in the first three-quarters of the year compared with a year earlier. The number of inbound travelers to Beijing grew after the city hosted the 2008 Olympics until 2012, when it saw a 3.8% decline, followed by the further drop last year. The unexpected drop in 2013 came in spite of new policies, such as the citys 72-hour visa waiver for tr
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