A survey conducted by a Japanese organization has revealed that Japan tops the list of countries and territories Chinese people want to visit.
Every year, the Japan External Trade Organization, or JETRO, distributes its survey to relatively high income earners, between the ages of 20 and 49, in 6 major Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai. This year, more than 1,200 people responded.
The results show the highest percentage of respondents, 40.2 percent, selected Japan as the tourist destination they prefer.
This is the first time since the survey began in 2013 that Japan has topped the rankings. The United States came in first in the previous survey.
The respondents who chose Japan were also asked what they want to do in the nation.
Most of them, 60.8 percent, said they want to visit amusement parks and other places. 51.7 percent said they want to enjoy food, 50.6 percent said they want to go shopping, and 42.3 percent said they want to look at cherry blossoms.
The respondents were also asked what they want to buy in Japan.
Most, or 27.6 percent, said they want to buy cosmetics. 20.8 percent said they want to buy clothes and daily necessities. 16.2 percent said they want to buy digital appliances, and 13.7 percent said they want to buy food.
Asked whether they have ever bought Japanese products through the Internet, about 70 percent said yes.
40 percent of them said they made the online purchases after buying the products in Japan and developing an affinity for them. That's nearly twice the figure recorded in the previous survey.
A senior JETRO official says he expects the number of Chinese tourists visiting Japan to increase, and their spending in the country to grow.