Chinese tour groups in Moscow’s Red Square, outside the Louvre museum in Paris and under the shadow of Dubai’s Burj al-Arab were, until this month, commonplace. The camera-wielding Chinese tourist had become a global stereotype.

Chinese visitors accounted for 150-million overseas trips in 2019, according to official figures, while Chinese tourists spent $130bn overseas in 2018, up 13% from the previous year, China Tourism Academy found.

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