Top 10 Tourist Attractions in the World 2015

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Here is a list of the top 10 tourist attractions in the world in 2015. International World Tourism has continued to be on a growing trend in terms of both revenues and number of visitors. International tourist arrivals in the year 2014 reached 1.138 billion, a 4.7% increase over the previous year, according to the UNWTO world Tourism Barometer. The forecast for 2015 by the same agency is between 3%-4%, which signals the continuation of global economic recovery.

While several parameters can be used to rank the best tourism places, the number of tourist arrivals in a year remains to be a largely accepted measure of popularity of a tourist site. This is because of the various qualitative and quantitative complexities in choosing revenues, hotels or heritage as a better indicator. Hence, the following destinations emerge as the best tourism sites of the world based on the number of international visitors to the place.

10. Forbidden city, Beijing

Forbidden City,located in Beijing,china, once served as the home of kings and emperors and their households.

It belonged to the Ming dynasty and served as palace till the the end of Qing dynasty during the period 1420-1912. It is currently converted to a Palace museum. The palace consists of 980 buildings and covers an area of 72 hectares. It exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial structure and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987.

The name “forbidden city” is actually a translation of Zijin cheng, which meant no one could enter or leave the palace without emperor’s permission. The construction for palace bgan in 1406 and was said to have lasted for 14 years involving a million workers. It served the dynasties of Ming, Shun and the qing and housed 24 emperors in all. It ceased to be the political centre after the abdication of Puyi, the last emperor of China. The design of the entire palace depicts the religious and philosophical principles of the times. For example, yellow was the colour of the Emperor, main halls were arranged in groups of 3 representing Heaven, roofs decorated with line of statuettes usually a man riding a phoenix followed by a majestic dragon. Thus, it remains one of those heritage sites which safeguard the history and culture of Mainland China.

International tourists: 15.3million

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