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Beijing Tourism Drops on Air Pollution, Yuan, China Daily Says

The number of tourists visiting Beijing fell last year because of the city’s air pollution, a stronger yuan and weakness in the global economy, China Daily reported, citing an official study.

The Chinese capital drew 4.2 million visitors from January to November, down 10.3 percent from a year earlier, the newspaper said, citing a report from the Beijing Tourism Development Commission. Only 14,000 transit passengers took advantage of a 72-hour visa waiver, fewer than a forecast 20,000, China Daily said, citing Wang Yue, deputy director of the commission, and the Beijing General Station of Exit and Entry Frontier Inspection.