As hordes of Chinese tourists descend on Tokyo for a Golden Week shopping spree, one outspoken shopper believes that the locals should show gratitude for the much needed stimulus they are providing to the Japanese economy.
Amid the frenzy of capitalism, one media outlet decided to ask Chinese shoppers the provocative question as to whether they thought the Japanese owed them anything for spending so much money. This was the reply from one eloquent gentleman: “The Chinese are helping Japan. We’ve come to help solve their economic problems. The Japanese ought to thank the people of China!”
According to Sina, this year Japan has surpassed Korea to become the most popular destination for outbound Chinese tourists. Meanwhile retailers in Hong Kong report that this has been their worst Golden Week holiday in years, potentially due to the political unrest in the former British colony which flared up this time last year.
Data gathered from a number of Chinese travel agencies indicates that the hottest destinations during this Golden Week holiday are in descending order: Japan, Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong & Macao & Taiwan (which are treated as a single entity), US, Singapore, Indonesia, the Maldives and Italy.
Watch the interview in full here: