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Popular items Chinese shoppers buy overseas


Spring Festival is no longer a time solely for family reunions in China as more and more Chinese are traveling abroad during the holiday. Shopping has one of their most important missions during the weeklong vacation.

From Japanese electronic toilet seats to Swiss luxury watches, Chinese tourists have been globe-trotting in pursuit of purchases in department stores and luxury shops. Here are a few items that are most popular among Chinese shoppers. Some of the items might be widely accepted in other countries, but there are also a few items that might be a little weird.

Popular items Chinese shoppers buy overseas

An employee for Japanese company Sanrio displays a prototype model of a Hello Kitty branded toilet seat at Sanrio's headquarters in Tokyo on Feb 2, 2015. The toilet seat has seat heating and warm water shower functions. (Photo / CFP)

Toilet lids

A large number of Chinese tourists rushed to Japan to buy toilet seats during this past Spring Festival holiday. The item is popular among Chinese consumers because they are equipped with a variety of auxiliary functions such as heating and sanitizing. A report by Chongqing Evening News on Thursday said some of the toilet seats were possibly made in China.

Popular items Chinese shoppers buy overseas

Chinese tourists browse rice cookers on display at a Laox Co. store in the Ginza district of Tokyo, Japan, on Feb 16, 2015. (Photo / CFP)

Rice cookers

Many Chinese travelers also flocked to Japan to buy Japanese rice cookers in the Spring Festival holiday. Some manufactures said their rice cookers were made out of special materials to make it more solid and cook better rice.

Popular items Chinese shoppers buy overseas
A customer looks at an iPhone 6 smartphone at an Apple store in Hong Kong, China, on Sept 19, 2014. (Photo / IC)


Electronics, especially iPhones, iPads and digital cameras are very popular among Chinese tourists due to the relatively lower prices abroad compared to China. Apple is the most popular brand among rich Chinese women, according to the Chinese Luxury Consumer Survey 2015 released by the Hurun Report.

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