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What are the A’s in China’s Tourism Ratings?

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Tourism is a considerable part of the Chinese economy, contributing more than 120 billion in 2016 US dollars, which is slightly more than 10% of China’s GDP.  The tourism industry in China is expected to generate 5.5 trillion Yuan by 2020.

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Because China contains myriad attractions that bring countless tourists every year, the government has gone out of its way to regulate and oversee them in order to preserve China’s cultural legacy, and ensure that visitors can appreciate them in safety.

In doing so, the Chinese government separates tourist attractions into 5 grades from “A” to “AAAAA” (or “5A”), the latter embodying the highest degree of quality.  As of 2013, 155 attractions across China have been awarded a rating based on this system.

Tourism is big business in China, meaning the government has a vested interest in providing travelers from all across China and around the world with a highly-positive experience.

The current Tourist Attraction Rating Categories of China (旅游景区质量等级) system was outlined by the China National Tourism Administration (later to become the Ministry of Culture and Tourism) in 1999 and was revamped by 2004.  Historical and cultural sites are judged in terms of their cleanliness, safety, ease of transportation, shopping, sanitation, and other criteria.

The first group of 66 5A tourist attractions was certified by the Chinese government in 2007, and by 2017, 20 more were added.  The government regularly inspects their attractions, sometimes going so far as devaluing sites that fail to maintain the high standards of a 5A site.

Top-rated Tourist Attractions in China

AAAAA / 5A Attractions
Anhui Mount Huangshan Scenic Area, Mount Jiuhua Scenic Area
Beijing Palace Museum, Beijing Olympic Park, Temple of Heaven,
Summer Palace, Ming Tombs, Prince Gong Mansion,
Badaling – Mutianyu Great Wall Tourist Area
Chongqing Dazu Rock Carvings, Three Gorges
Fujian Mount Wuyi Scenic Area, Gulangyu Island
Gansu Kongtong Scenic Area, Jiayuguan Cultural Relic Scenic Area
AAAAA / 5A Attractions
Guang Dong Overseas Chinese Town in Shenzhen,
Chime-long Paradise of Guangzhou
Guang Xi Guilin Merryland Resort, Lijian River in Guilin
Guizhou Huangguoshu Falls, Dragon Palace, Stone Forest Scenic Area,
Yulong Snow Mountain Scenic Area
Hainan Nanshan Cultural Tourism Area,
Nanshan Big and Small Cave Scenic Area
Hebei Changdu Imperial Summer Resort and 5 temples,
Baiyang Lake Scenic Area,
Qinhuangdao Shanhaiguan,
Yesanpo Scenic Area, Xibaipo Scenic Area
AAAAA / 5A Attractions
Heilongjiang Harbin Sun Island Park
Henan Longmen Grottoes Scenic Area,
Mount Song Shaolin Scenic Area,
Mountain Yuntai Scenic Area
Hubei Yellow Crane Tower, Three Gorges (Yichang)
Hunan Zhangjiajie Wulingyuan tourist area, Nanyue Mountain
Jiangsu Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum,
Humble Administrator’s Garden,
CCTV Wuxi Film/TV Studio,
Zhouzhuang Town area
AAAAA / 5A Attractions
Jiangxi Mount Lushan Schenic Area,
Jinggang Mountain Scenic Area
Jiling Puppet Manchukuo’s Royal Palace Museum,
Mount Changbai Scenic Area
Liao Ning Shenyang Botanical Garden,
Dalian polar aquarium of Tiger Beach Ocean Park
Ningxia Sand Lake Scenic Area, Kongtong Scenic Area
Shaanxi Terracotta Warriors of Xian,
The Yellow Emperor’s Tomb Scenic Area,
Huaqing Hot Springs
AAAAA / 5A Attractions
Shandong Mountain Tai Scenic Area,
Penglai Pavilion tourism area,
Three Kongs Scenic Area
Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Wildlife Park
Shanxi Xinzhou Wutai Mountain Scenic Area,
Datong Yungang Grottoes
Sichuan Mount Emei Scenic Area,
Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Irrigation System,
Jiuzhaigou tourism area
Tianjin Tianjin Ancient Culture Street Tourist Area,
Panshan Mountain Scenic Area
AAAAA / 5A Attractions
Xinjiang Tianchi in the Tianshan Mountains,
Resort Kanasi Lake Scenic spot,
Grape Valley Scenic Area
Zhejiang West Lake Scenic Area, Mount Mutuo Scenic Area,
Mount Yandang Scenic Area

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