Zhao Haisheng (left), vice-general director of the bureau for external culture relations of the Chinese Ministry of Culture, and Melissa Cherry, vice-president for cultural tourism and neighborhoods at Choose Chicago, hold a Memorandum of Understanding on cultural cooperation that they signed earlier in May, 2015 in China. （Photo provided to China Daily）
With the United States providing 10-year visa from November 2014, more Chinese travelers are planning to visit the U.S. on their own instead of going on group tours, according to Ctrip, a leading online travel agency.
In a report published this month, the agency listed 10 favorite destinations of Chinese tourists in the U.S.
Let's take a look at them.
No 10 Chicago
"We look forward to welcoming 400,000 Chinese visitors to Chicago by 2018," Melissa Cherry, vice-president for cultural tourism and neighborhoods at Choose Chicago, the official tourism association for the Windy City.
To increase Chinese participation and visitors in several events that are held in Chicago, Choose Chicago, the city's tourism association, this year in May signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the China International Culture Association and the Ministry of Culture.