In a yearly tradition that is only growing more popular, around 400,000 Chinese tourists celebrated the 1949 founding of the People’s Republic of China by traveling to Japan and buying as much stuff as they could possibly fit on the plane back to the mainland.
In total, People’s Daily reports that these shoppers spent $830 million shopping in Japan during the long national holiday period.
The incredible shopping spree is reported to have boosted the Japanese economy by 0.1% with the number of Chinese tourists visiting doubling over the last year, obviously spurred on by all the attention that Japan has been getting in the Chinese media lately. Some Chinese shoppers even believed they deserved a “Thank you!”
Popular items included: Japanese facial masks, toilet seats, thermoses, shavers and luxury goods. Medical tourism is also becoming increasingly popular as many mainlanders distrust their diagnosis made in China and look for a second opinion while on holiday in Japan.
Data shows that outbound Chinese tourists grew by 36.6% over last year during the first four days of the holiday. Japan was obviously the most popular destination. CTrip said that Thailand and South Korea were next, followed by Hong Kong and Macao.
Chinese shoppers also spent well inside their country, restoring the faith of many economists whose confidence was shaken following an extremely turbulent period for the Chinese stock market.
Xinhua reports that more 750 million trips were made during the seven day holiday. Sales at restaurants and retailers totaled 1.082 trillion yuan (the equivalent of Kuwait’s total economic output for the whole of 2014, according to Reuters), an 11% jump from last year.
Meanwhile, the Chinese box office was up 70% over the previous year taking in more than 1.85 billion yuan with the top three movies all native Chinese flicks.