The awards took place in Shanghai

Ireland's been named the 'Best Overseas Self-Drive Touring Destination' in China.

The awards were organised by Chinese online travel agent, Ctrip.

The company has more than 250 million customers, and is the second largest travel agency in the world.

Ireland was one of four destinations in the category at the ceremony in Shanghai.

James Kenny of Tourism Ireland (centre) with the award for 'Best Overseas Self-Drive Touring Destination' at the Ctrip awards ceremony in Shanghai | Image: Tourism Ireland

We took the top prize, beating out Australia, Portugal and Guam.

Tourism Ireland say the country was included for "its stunning routes and great driving experiences", including the Wild Atlantic Way and the Causeway Coastal Route.

Last year, approximately 70,000 Chinese people visited island of Ireland.