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This year, Hong Kong wrestles back the top spot from Bangkok which slipped to third place for Mainland Chinese travellers this CNY, according to online booking platform agoda.

Meanwhile, Phuket climbs to second most popular spot as guests look for warmer beach resort holidays.

The most popular country overall for Mainland Chinese travelers is Thailand, which has three destinations (Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket) making an appearance in the top five year on year.

2016

2017

2018

1. Bangkok, Thailand

1. Bangkok, Thailand

1. Hong Kong

2. Chiang Mai, Thailand

2. Hong Kong

2. Phuket, Thailand

3. Phuket, Thailand

3. Phuket, Thailand

3. Bangkok, Thailand

4. Hong Kong

4. Chiang Mai, Thailand

4. Tokyo, Japan

5. Taipei, Taiwan

5. Tokyo, Japan

5. Chiang Mai, Thailand

6. Tokyo, Japan

6. Taipei, Taiwan

6. Taipei, Taiwan

7. Bali, Indonesia

7. Bali, Indonesia

7. Osaka, Japan

8. Samui, Thailand

8. Osaka, Japan

8. Sapporo, Japan

9. Boracay Island, Philippines

9. Nha Trang, Vietnam

9. Bali, Indonesia

10. Singapore

10. Kyoto, Japan

10. Boracay Island, Philippines

Top 10 CNY destinations for Mainland Chinese travellers

Mainland China will also be welcoming the most visitors from Hong Kong (29%) Taiwan (19%) and South Korea (18%).

All destination booking data was collated for CNY dates in 2016, 2017 and 2018 across Asia by agoda.

Travel data at a glance:

Hong Kong

Seoul holds on to the number one spot for Hong Kong travellers, however Japan is a big draw in 2018 with six destinations appearing in the top 10, including Fukuoka, Sapporo and Nagoya.

2016

2017

2018

1. Seoul, South Korea

1. Seoul, South Korea

1. Seoul, South Korea

2. Taipei, Taiwan

2. Tokyo, Japan

2. Tokyo, Japan

3. Tokyo, Japan

3. Taipei, Taiwan

3. Osaka, Japan

4. Bangkok, Thailand

4. Osaka, Japan

4. Taipei, Taiwan

5. Osaka, Japan

5. Bangkok, Thailand

5. Bangkok, Thailand

6. Macau

6. Macau

6. Macau

7. Guangzhou, China

7. Guangzhou, China

7. Fukuoka, Japan

8. Pattaya, Thailand

8. Sapporo, Japan

8. Kyoto, Japan

9. Singapore

9. Pattaya, Thailand

9. Sapporo, Japan

10. Okinawa Main Island, Japan

10. Kyoto, Japan

10. Nagoya, Japan

Top 10 CNY international destinations for Hong Kong travellers

Asia

Meanwhile, Tokyo has overtaken Bangkok as the number one Chinese New Year (CNY) destination for Asian travellers in 2018, a title held by Bangkok for the last two years.

2016

2017

2018

1. Bangkok, Thailand

1. Bangkok, Thailand

1. Tokyo, Japan

2. Tokyo, Japan

2. Tokyo, Japan

2. Bangkok, Thailand

3. Singapore

3. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

3. Osaka, Japan

4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

4. Taipei, Taiwan

4. Taipei, Taiwan

5. Taipei, Taiwan

5. Hong Kong

5. Seoul, South Korea

6. Hong Kong

6. Seoul, South Korea

6. Hong Kong

7. Chiang Mai, Thailand

7. Osaka, Japan

7. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

8. Phuket, Thailand

8. Singapore

8. Singapore

9. Osaka, Japan

9.  Chiang Mai, Thailand

9. Kyoto, Japan

10. Bali, Indonesia

10. Pattaya, Thailand

10. Phuket, Thailand

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