Travel articles on South Korea and China

Conde Nast Traveler posted a few links to articles on travel news today and a couple caught my attention. One relating to South Korea and the other to China.

According to Travel Daily News tourism is expected to reach 11.1 million for 2012 in Korea. The highest numbers coming from China and Japan, but the number of visitors from outside of the continent has risen too.

Of course, PSY was mentioned as a component and his song/video probably are. However, K-pop in general has been growing in Asia. Super Junior M and EXO-M were specifically created to cater to the Chinese audience and way too many groups to list promote in Japan. It's hard to ignore the effect of Korean entertainment when it comes to travel rates, in every tourism article I've read regarding this topic K-pop or dramas make an appearance.

The article on Beijing and Shanghai visas was an interesting read too. 72 hours (three days) seems like a short amount of time as a maximum before needing a visa, still I think it can only benefit tourism rates. I probably see it as short because coming from the USA and going to South Korea you can travel without one up to 90 days. China is of interest at my home university due the campus they are building over there. The program is going to be pretty amazing for those that choose to study abroad there. I would definitely go, but they only just broke ground this past spring...

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