Hong Kong is the first choice of many Chinese mainland residents when they travel abroad, according to the Beijing office of Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) Friday, quoting survey results.
More than 90 percent of over 8,000 netizens on the Chinese mainland surveyed said Hong Kong is the very place they hope to visit most, said HKTB.
The survey, conducted by cyol.net which is affiliated to China Youth Daily, showed that sightseeing and shopping in Hong Kong are the top choices of Chinese mainland residents. Many respondents said they were impressed by Hong Kong as a "shopping paradise".
The survey shows that those who have been to Hong Kong stayed there for 5.75 days each time, compared to the maximum seven-day stay for mainland residents permitted the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
About 97 percent of respondents who had never been to Hong Kong said they were looking forward to visit the city.
Becky Ip, director of HKTB's Beijing office, told Xinhua that the number of Chinese mainland tourists going to HK during the last National Day Holiday rose 15.8 percent year on year.
"I am really proud of Hong Kong being chosen as mainlanders' dream tourism destination," said Ip, "and we will launch more tourism programs and provide quality services to mainland tourists."
According to the latest statistics, about 1.3 million mainland residents visited Hong Kong in September alone, up 6.1 percent from the same period last year.