Tourist Attraction Rating Categories of China

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Tourist Attraction Rating Categories of China
Temple of Heaven, an AAAAA-rated tourist attraction in Beijing
Simplified Chinese 旅游景区质量等级
Traditional Chinese 旅遊景區質量等級
Literal meaning Tourist Scenic Area Quality Ranking

Tourist Attraction Rating Categories of China (Chinese: 旅游景区质量等级) is a rating system used by the Chinese authorities to determine the quality of the attraction relative to its peers in terms of safety, cleanliness, sanitation and transportation. It is broken up into five categories which are A (or 1A, the lowest level), AA (2A), AAA (3A), AAAA (4A) and AAAAA (5A, the highest level).


Ratings alternate Level
A A1 lowest
AAAAA A5 highest


The categories are awarded based on, amongst other factors, the importance of the site, transportation, tours as well as issues related to safety, cleanliness and sanitation. The system was established in 1999 and extended in 2004 (when the category AAAAA was introduced). The ratings are administered by the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and are based on the code "Categories and Rating Standard of Tourist Attractions".[1]

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  1. ^ Chris Ryan, Gu Huimin and Fang Meng (2009). "Destination planning in China". In Chris Ryan and Gu Huimin. Tourism in China: Destination, Cultures and Communities (1 ed.). pp. 11–37. ISBN 9780203886366. 

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