Cosmetics, practical goods and local specialty foods were the top three shopping picks of outbound Chinese tourists during the National Day holiday, according to a report by online travel service platform ly.com.
Data show that watches and household appliances dropped from the top three on the list and that Chinese tourists abroad also no longer favor rice cookers and toilet covers.
The report said consumer changes were mainly a result of rapid development of China's large-scale global shopping platforms, as well as duty-free shops in places like Sanya City of south China's Hainan Province and free trade zones across the country.
Popular destinations during the seven-day holiday included Thailand, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Canada, United States, France, United Kingdom and Italy. In addition, Morocco, Egypt, UAE and South Africa are gaining popularity among Chinese tourists.
Hong Kong and Macao remained popular options for short-term journeys by mainland residents.
Outbound travelers were mainly from cities including Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Suzhou, Chengdu and Wuhan. Overseas travel saw the clearest growth in the inland area of the country, including Zhengzhou, Xi'an, Chongqing and Taiyuan.
(Cover photo: Chinese tourists shopping for cosmetics in Japan during the National Day holiday. /VCG Photo)