Chinese Tourists Earmark 65 Pct of Travel Budget to Shopping

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Chinese tourists continue to make headlines for their shopping spree.

In 2013, an estimated 98 million Chinese traveled abroad, an increase of about 14 million compared to the previous year, according to a report by the China Tourism Academy. Shopping is high on the agenda of these Chinese tourists. About 65 percent of their travel budgets go toward shopping.

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chinese_travel2_20140114Chinese travelers are enthralled by shopping holidays and there are plenty of them around the world. To help Chinese travelers plan their shop expedition, China Daily has put together a calendar of key months to shop in some of their preferred international destinations.

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夏威夷,太平洋上的明珠,全球最佳海滩聚集地!夏威夷,都说是人一辈子至少要去一次的地方!可是。。。据说那个地方好贵的那。。。都错了小伙伴们,夏威夷其实也可以很亲民哦:准备好1万大洋和7天的假期,我们去人间天堂吧!

 

 

第一天:国际机票6500元+公车2.5刀+午餐8刀+晚餐10刀+酒店70刀=7060元

国内起飞,目标美国夏威夷州檀香山国际机场(机场代码HNL),飞行时间约9个小时(直飞)或者13个小时(转机,包括转机等候时间)。夏威夷比中国晚18个小时,所以同一天,我们抵达天堂夏威夷!出关取了行李,坐19路或者20路公车,付2.5美元,慢慢晃到威基基(Waikiki)区(奢侈的同学可以叫辆出租车,大约25刀)。

夏威夷酒店全部为下午3点check-in,把行李寄存在大堂,小伙伴们就可以步行到著名的威基基海滩了!阳光沙滩,一切就在眼前了!懒洋洋地在蓝天白云下睡一会儿,倒个时差。 吃饭就在威基基International Market Place的Food Court解决吧,各国美食选择丰富,初来乍到也不会觉得不习惯哦。晚上6点左右,换上花花衣裳,漫步到沙滩上看看日落,偶遇免费的呼拉舞表演,这就是度假的节奏啊!

 

 

第二天:珍珠港市区观光拼团250元+三餐25刀+酒店70刀=830元

起个早,在麦记之类的快餐店或者当地的便利店简单早餐,然后跟着当地的散客团(中文的哦)出发去珍珠港洛~ 珍珠港因为限制人数,排队的人不少,所以要早点去呢。拿了票,接着看个电影介绍(有中文讲解机器可租借),然后上船,去到沉船纪念馆,看看脚下仍然漂着机油的亚利桑那号(注:珍珠港不可以带大包进去,要寄存哦)。珍珠港出来再去檀香山市区晃一圈,唐人街、太平洋国家军人公墓、夏威夷的皇宫等等。差不多中午回到酒店。解决完午餐,在酒店房间里小憩一下,或者在泳池晒着太阳小憩,临近晚上了出门继续逛逛海滩,逛逛海滩边的公园,欣赏日落,看看街头表演,美好的一天啊!

 

 

第三天:东欧胡岛环岛拼团250元+三餐25刀+酒店70刀=830元

今天可以睡到自然醒,如果酒店楼层高的,可以起身看个日出,然后倒头继续睡!起床后出去觅食,在阳光下慵懒地喝杯咖啡,看看路上来来往往来自不同国家的人们,融入夏威夷的慢节奏生活中~  下午1点半左右,强大的散客团再出发,去岛的东岸看看。号称夏威夷比华利山庄的Kahala富人区、奥巴马最喜欢的白沙滩、热带雨林、Ko’olau山、钻石头山、恐龙湾自然保护区、大风口、几百年的日式寺庙(寺庙旁边小山坡上默默躺着张学良和赵四小姐的墓碑哦~)。拍照留影,各种摆pose,幸福就这么简单!(建议这天不要穿短裙哦,大风口的风会让你360度走光没商量的!)回到酒店是下午4点左右,洗漱过后,继续每天的功课——逛海滩。当然,海滩边还有很多商店,奢侈品、当地好玩的小店、免税店,应有尽有,即使不买东西,window shopping一下也是很美的!(未完待续)

 

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主题:天堂无需奢华——1万元畅游夏威夷攻略(上)

主题:天堂无需奢华——1万元畅游夏威夷攻略(上)

 

夏威夷,太平洋上的明珠,全球最佳海滩聚集地!夏威夷,都说是人一辈子至少要去一次的地方!可是。。。据说那个地方好贵的那。。。都错了小伙伴们,夏威夷其实也可以很亲民哦:准备好1万大洋和7天的假期,我们去人间天堂吧!

 

 

第一天:国际机票6500元+公车2.5刀+午餐8刀+晚餐10刀+酒店70刀=7060元

国内起飞,目标美国夏威夷州檀香山国际机场(机场代码HNL),飞行时间约9个小时(直飞)或者13个小时(转机,包括转机等候时间)。夏威夷比中国晚18个小时,所以同一天,我们抵达天堂夏威夷!出关取了行李,坐19路或者20路公车,付2.5美元,慢慢晃到威基基(Waikiki)区(奢侈的同学可以叫辆出租车,大约25刀)。

夏威夷酒店全部为下午3点check-in,把行李寄存在大堂,小伙伴们就可以步行到著名的威基基海滩了!阳光沙滩,一切就在眼前了!懒洋洋地在蓝天白云下睡一会儿,倒个时差。 吃饭就在威基基International Market Place的Food Court解决吧,各国美食选择丰富,初来乍到也不会觉得不习惯哦。晚上6点左右,换上花花衣裳,漫步到沙滩上看看日落,偶遇免费的呼拉舞表演,这就是度假的节奏啊!

 

 

第二天:珍珠港市区观光拼团250元+三餐25刀+酒店70刀=830元

起个早,在麦记之类的快餐店或者当地的便利店简单早餐,然后跟着当地的散客团(中文的哦)出发去珍珠港洛~ 珍珠港因为限制人数,排队的人不少,所以要早点去呢。拿了票,接着看个电影介绍(有中文讲解机器可租借),然后上船,去到沉船纪念馆,看看脚下仍然漂着机油的亚利桑那号(注:珍珠港不可以带大包进去,要寄存哦)。珍珠港出来再去檀香山市区晃一圈,唐人街、太平洋国家军人公墓、夏威夷的皇宫等等。差不多中午回到酒店。解决完午餐,在酒店房间里小憩一下,或者在泳池晒着太阳小憩,临近晚上了出门继续逛逛海滩,逛逛海滩边的公园,欣赏日落,看看街头表演,美好的一天啊!

 

 

第三天:东欧胡岛环岛拼团250元+三餐25刀+酒店70刀=830元

今天可以睡到自然醒,如果酒店楼层高的,可以起身看个日出,然后倒头继续睡!起床后出去觅食,在阳光下慵懒地喝杯咖啡,看看路上来来往往来自不同国家的人们,融入夏威夷的慢节奏生活中~  下午1点半左右,强大的散客团再出发,去岛的东岸看看。号称夏威夷比华利山庄的Kahala富人区、奥巴马最喜欢的白沙滩、热带雨林、Ko’olau山、钻石头山、恐龙湾自然保护区、大风口、几百年的日式寺庙(寺庙旁边小山坡上默默躺着张学良和赵四小姐的墓碑哦~)。拍照留影,各种摆pose,幸福就这么简单!(建议这天不要穿短裙哦,大风口的风会让你360度走光没商量的!)回到酒店是下午4点左右,洗漱过后,继续每天的功课——逛海滩。当然,海滩边还有很多商店,奢侈品、当地好玩的小店、免税店,应有尽有,即使不买东西,window shopping一下也是很美的!(未完待续)

 

天堂夏威夷,就在你身边!

全国首家专属美国夏威夷自助旅游预定平台。灵活出行,无忧假期,玩转天堂夏威夷,精彩只在夏忆!

夏威夷淘宝店:ihawaii.taobao.com

夏忆咨询QQ号:2825252022 

夏忆中国咨询电话:021-51099723

夏忆总公司官网:http://www.bs-hawaii.com

 

关注我们微信公众订阅号夏忆iHawaii夏威夷自助游,微信号:ihawaii999 或直接扫描下方二维码

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主题:天堂无需奢华——1万元畅游夏威夷攻略(上)

主题:天堂无需奢华——1万元畅游夏威夷攻略(上)

 

夏威夷,太平洋上的明珠,全球最佳海滩聚集地!夏威夷,都说是人一辈子至少要去一次的地方!可是。。。据说那个地方好贵的那。。。都错了小伙伴们,夏威夷其实也可以很亲民哦:准备好1万大洋和7天的假期,我们去人间天堂吧!

 

 

第一天:国际机票6500元+公车2.5刀+午餐8刀+晚餐10刀+酒店70刀=7060元

国内起飞,目标美国夏威夷州檀香山国际机场(机场代码HNL),飞行时间约9个小时(直飞)或者13个小时(转机,包括转机等候时间)。夏威夷比中国晚18个小时,所以同一天,我们抵达天堂夏威夷!出关取了行李,坐19路或者20路公车,付2.5美元,慢慢晃到威基基(Waikiki)区(奢侈的同学可以叫辆出租车,大约25刀)。

夏威夷酒店全部为下午3点check-in,把行李寄存在大堂,小伙伴们就可以步行到著名的威基基海滩了!阳光沙滩,一切就在眼前了!懒洋洋地在蓝天白云下睡一会儿,倒个时差。 吃饭就在威基基International Market Place的Food Court解决吧,各国美食选择丰富,初来乍到也不会觉得不习惯哦。晚上6点左右,换上花花衣裳,漫步到沙滩上看看日落,偶遇免费的呼拉舞表演,这就是度假的节奏啊!

 

 

第二天:珍珠港市区观光拼团250元+三餐25刀+酒店70刀=830元

起个早,在麦记之类的快餐店或者当地的便利店简单早餐,然后跟着当地的散客团(中文的哦)出发去珍珠港洛~ 珍珠港因为限制人数,排队的人不少,所以要早点去呢。拿了票,接着看个电影介绍(有中文讲解机器可租借),然后上船,去到沉船纪念馆,看看脚下仍然漂着机油的亚利桑那号(注:珍珠港不可以带大包进去,要寄存哦)。珍珠港出来再去檀香山市区晃一圈,唐人街、太平洋国家军人公墓、夏威夷的皇宫等等。差不多中午回到酒店。解决完午餐,在酒店房间里小憩一下,或者在泳池晒着太阳小憩,临近晚上了出门继续逛逛海滩,逛逛海滩边的公园,欣赏日落,看看街头表演,美好的一天啊!

 

 

第三天:东欧胡岛环岛拼团250元+三餐25刀+酒店70刀=830元

今天可以睡到自然醒,如果酒店楼层高的,可以起身看个日出,然后倒头继续睡!起床后出去觅食,在阳光下慵懒地喝杯咖啡,看看路上来来往往来自不同国家的人们,融入夏威夷的慢节奏生活中~  下午1点半左右,强大的散客团再出发,去岛的东岸看看。号称夏威夷比华利山庄的Kahala富人区、奥巴马最喜欢的白沙滩、热带雨林、Ko’olau山、钻石头山、恐龙湾自然保护区、大风口、几百年的日式寺庙(寺庙旁边小山坡上默默躺着张学良和赵四小姐的墓碑哦~)。拍照留影,各种摆pose,幸福就这么简单!(建议这天不要穿短裙哦,大风口的风会让你360度走光没商量的!)回到酒店是下午4点左右,洗漱过后,继续每天的功课——逛海滩。当然,海滩边还有很多商店,奢侈品、当地好玩的小店、免税店,应有尽有,即使不买东西,window shopping一下也是很美的!(未完待续)

 

天堂夏威夷,就在你身边!

全国首家专属美国夏威夷自助旅游预定平台。灵活出行,无忧假期,玩转天堂夏威夷,精彩只在夏忆!

夏威夷淘宝店:ihawaii.taobao.com

夏忆咨询QQ号:2825252022 

夏忆中国咨询电话:021-51099723

夏忆总公司官网:http://www.bs-hawaii.com

 

关注我们微信公众订阅号夏忆iHawaii夏威夷自助游,微信号:ihawaii999 或直接扫描下方二维码

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主题:天堂无需奢华——1万元畅游夏威夷攻略(上)

主题:天堂无需奢华——1万元畅游夏威夷攻略(上)

夏威夷,太平洋上的明珠,全球最佳海滩聚集地!夏威夷,都说是人一辈子至少要去一次的地方!可是。。。据说那个地方好贵的那。。。都错了小伙伴们,夏威夷其实也可以很亲民哦:准备好1万大洋和7天的假期,我们去人间天堂吧!

第一天:国际机票6500元+公车2.5刀+午餐8刀+晚餐10刀+酒店70刀=7060元

国内起飞,目标美国夏威夷州檀香山国际机场(机场代码HNL),飞行时间约9个小时(直飞)或者13个小时(转机,包括转机等候时间)。夏威夷比中国晚18个小时,所以同一天,我们抵达天堂夏威夷!出关取了行李,坐19路或者20路公车,付2.5美元,慢慢晃到威基基(Waikiki)区(奢侈的同学可以叫辆出租车,大约25刀)。

夏威夷酒店全部为下午3点check-in,把行李寄存在大堂,小伙伴们就可以步行到著名的威基基海滩了!阳光沙滩,一切就在眼前了!懒洋洋地在蓝天白云下睡一会儿,倒个时差。 吃饭就在威基基International Market Place的Food Court解决吧,各国美食选择丰富,初来乍到也不会觉得不习惯哦。晚上6点左右,换上花花衣裳,漫步到沙滩上看看日落,偶遇免费的呼拉舞表演,这就是度假的节奏啊!

第二天:珍珠港市区观光拼团250元+三餐25刀+酒店70刀=830元

起个早,在麦记之类的快餐店或者当地的便利店简单早餐,然后跟着当地的散客团(中文的哦)出发去珍珠港洛~ 珍珠港因为限制人数,排队的人不少,所以要早点去呢。拿了票,接着看个电影介绍(有中文讲解机器可租借),然后上船,去到沉船纪念馆,看看脚下仍然漂着机油的亚利桑那号(注:珍珠港不可以带大包进去,要寄存哦)。珍珠港出来再去檀香山市区晃一圈,唐人街、太平洋国家军人公墓、夏威夷的皇宫等等。差不多中午回到酒店。解决完午餐,在酒店房间里小憩一下,或者在泳池晒着太阳小憩,临近晚上了出门继续逛逛海滩,逛逛海滩边的公园,欣赏日落,看看街头表演,美好的一天啊!

第三天:东欧胡岛环岛拼团250元+三餐25刀+酒店70刀=830元

今天可以睡到自然醒,如果酒店楼层高的,可以起身看个日出,然后倒头继续睡!起床后出去觅食,在阳光下慵懒地喝杯咖啡,看看路上来来往往来自不同国家的人们,融入夏威夷的慢节奏生活中~  下午1点半左右,强大的散客团再出发,去岛的东岸看看。号称夏威夷比华利山庄的Kahala富人区、奥巴马最喜欢的白沙滩、热带雨林、Ko’olau山、钻石头山、恐龙湾自然保护区、大风口、几百年的日式寺庙(寺庙旁边小山坡上默默躺着张学良和赵四小姐的墓碑哦~)。拍照留影,各种摆pose,幸福就这么简单!(建议这天不要穿短裙哦,大风口的风会让你360度走光没商量的!)回到酒店是下午4点左右,洗漱过后,继续每天的功课——逛海滩。当然,海滩边还有很多商店,奢侈品、当地好玩的小店、免税店,应有尽有,即使不买东西,window shopping一下也是很美的!(未完待续)

天堂夏威夷,就在你身边!

全国首家专属美国夏威夷自助旅游预定平台。灵活出行,无忧假期,玩转天堂夏威夷,精彩只在夏忆!

夏威夷淘宝店:ihawaii.taobao.com

夏忆咨询QQ号:2825252022 

夏忆中国咨询电话:021-51099723

夏忆总公司官网:http://www.bs-hawaii.com

 

关注我们微信公众订阅号夏忆iHawaii夏威夷自助游,微信号:ihawaii999 或直接扫描下方二维码

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LIN XU, AFFINITY CHINA

Tell us how much we are saving when we shop in your store.
Everyone already knows by now that Chinese travelers love shopping for luxury goods when they travel overseas. Everyone also knows by now that this is because retail prices of luxury goods in mainland China are much higher than Europe and North America. Many of my friends from China travel overseas just to shop. They often complain about the complexity and the long wait at the airport to receive tax returns and all the research they have to do on prices in each different market on the globe before they go shop.

It would be a really effective sales tactic if the brand’s sales representatives saved them the trouble of researching and let them learn how smart a purchase they would have made on items in the store – how much lower the prices are, how the styles are exclusive in your store vs. the counterparts in China. Keep the fact sheet handy for the big spenders. I understand that from a global brand perspective this is probably not a standard sales training tactic on how to sell to Chinese travelers, but the fact is they are already going to great lengths to do this research themselves before they walk into your store. From a customer experience perspective, being greeted by friendly sales staff overseas who can share exactly how much the Chinese travelers would be saving by shopping in their store would help generate more short term sales and help create a long term affinity for the brand.

Do you offer a global warranty and customer service in China for products we buy overseas?
If you present yourself as a global brand in China, you need to ensure your customer service is global too. It really becomes an uncomfortable dilemma for the Chinese traveler when they have to choose between a better priced item that is 20% lower overseas but comes with no warranty once they bring it back home or buying the higher priced item in China with a 2-year standard warranty. Again, from a customer standpoint we don’t understand why there should be a difference. Your brand is a global brand to us and therefore the warranty and service you offer should be too.

Please accept UnionPay.
The primary Chinese payment method is not accepted in most of the places I’ve been to the last few weeks. On this trip so far I’ve traveled to Munich, Salzburg, Regensburg, Berlin, Prague and Dresden. Unfortunately, I can only use my Visa card to pay for items or withdraw cash from ATMs when I need to purchase something. I have a Visa card from my years studying and working in the U.S. before returning to China recently. Keep in mind many Chinese travelers only have UnionPay cards or cash when they travel. So far, the only place I’ve visited on this trip that accepts Unionpay cards is a department store called “Gelarie” in Regensburg (a small town 1 hour drive away from Munich), which surprised me a little. If a little department store in a small town outside Munich is savvy enough to accept Chinese credit and debit cards, then most other places should to don’t you think?

Taking photos of an item in your store does not mean we are all counterfeiters.
Before I left for Munich, Germany, a friend of mine in China asked me to look at carry-on Rimowa suitcases for her. So I went to a Rimowa store in central Munich, I looked at all the different colors, sizes, materials and prices, etc and sent the information to her. She still asked for one more thing – a photo of the actual products displayed in the store. When I asked for a permission of photos, the Rimowa staff immediately said no. The friends whom I went to the store with told me that the Rimowa staff had that poilcy probably because they believed the photos would likely be used to produce counterfeits in other countries. I was able to do a quick Baidu search and pull up the product image from the company’s site on the web.

My reason for wanting to take a photo while in the store was simply to confirm in that moment if I had found the right item she wanted to purchase. She simply wanted to confirm it was the correct item she wanted so I could purchase the 600 Euro item for her. It was rather off putting to have someone assume I was going to take a photo of the item to counterfeit it in China. I understand Rimowa’s concerns, but I don’t think it’s a smart policy for in-store sales. It also shows a lack of understanding of Chinese shopping and travel culture to assume that all Chinese taking photographs are going to counterfeit the product. Lots of Chinese tourists travel to Europe with MANY shopping requests from their different circles of friends because most of us only get to travel overseas a few times a year because we work in China.

Restaurant menus with pictures please.
It’s great that almost all German restaurants and cafes have English menus for customers, but when I travel with my parents, I need to translate all the items on the menu to them as they are not fluent in English and neither are they familier with western food terms. Luckily, I am fluent in English after years of studying and working overseas. Most Chinese travelers are not. Even so, even with my fluent English, I often get very confused over local food ingredients names and find it difficult to translate. Offering a few pictures along with the menu would be quite helpful. Even a separate menu with pictures of the best selling dishes would be a great start.

Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi.
There are an increasing number of independent Chinese travelers these days because there’s always a great travel concierge assistant called “the internet”! We rely on our mobile phones when we travel to free ourselves from those rushed guided tours that many have grown accustomed to associating Chinese tourists with. Since data roaming fees are also rather high for trips to a foreign country, the wifi at various venues becomes the one and only access to internet for many Chinese travelers. Wifi coverage in Asia is fairly common. Young independent Chinese travelers have been visiting Hong Kong and Seoul for a while now and have grown accustomed to widely available Wi-Fi. Therefore, young Chinese travelers tend to assume that Internet is always within access when they travel overseas.

Many hotels and restaurants in Europe (and North America) don’t always have free wifi and frustratingly enough, the higher-end hotels are less likely to have free wifi. There have been many times when my friends and I decided on which hotels to stay purely based on their free Wi-Fi. Another tip. Having free wifi available to your Chinese customers keeps them in your store and hotel longer. The longer we stay somewhere, the more we buy. We also love showing off our travel experiences to our friends back in China via Chinese social media apps like Weibo and WeChat. Enable Wi-Fi and you enable us to share your brand with our friends back home.

We prefer Sprinter vans with family and friends instead of tour buses with strangers.
It has become clear to me that (almost) no one in my friend/family circles goes on guided Chinese tours anymore. Especially for trips to Europe. What my family usually does is hire a local driver for 10 hours a day in a 7-person sprinter van throughout the trip. It saves us the hassle of researching where to go and minimizes the chance of us getting lost while offering a much more flexible itinerary. It makes such a big difference to travel independently as opposed to getting woken up to get on a crowded bus at 8am with a bunch of strangers! It’s also a great way to learn the local culture from chatting with the driver. These days, there are many Chinese-speaking drivers in each of the European countries. They can be your interpreter too if you don’t speak the local language or English.

We like local cuisine and local experiences.
Granted, Chinese travelers often prefer Chinese food when they travel. However, I don’t think that applies as much to the younger generation of independent travelers. Many of my friends and I are foodies. We travel to eat. Exploring local cuisine is a huge part of exploring a new place to us. It’s something we can’t experience in China and gives us an introduction and better understanding of the local culture.  Beyond food, many young Chinese independent travelers love trying out new local culture experiences. Yes, it’s true. We always shop when we travel. However, many of us are also seeking new experiences, activities, cultural events. Even an afternoon at a nice cafe people watching and dreaming of what it would be like to live there is itself a luxury for us.

Hopefully this gives you a better understanding of the independent Chinese traveler. We don’t travel in large tour buses following a guide and his flag so therefore we are a bit more difficult to point out. However, we are growing in number and also more likely to return time and time again over the next several years if you make us feel welcome.