Massive leap in Chinese tourists heading to more 'China friendly' London
Tourism officials in London said the number of Chinese visitors in the past five years has more than doubled, with 165,000 Chinese people heading to the city last year.
Spending has also gone up thanks to Chinese visitors getting more sterling for their yuan.
Latest figures showed that between January and March 2017, London's luxury quarter saw a 39-percent increase in tax-free shopping for designer handbags, clothes and jewellery by Chinese tourists, compared to the same period in 2016.
London is also becoming more China-friendly, with train announcements in Mandarin at the city's Marylebone station.
GuideLondon.org.uk, a professional body of London's Blue Badge tourist guides, has trained 27 more Mandarin-speaking and nine Cantonese-speaking guides to keep up with growing demand. ■