Spending of Russian tourists in China grew seven times

Moscow. June 30. INTERFAX.RU IN 2017, the spendings of the Russians in China has increased seven-fold, according to a study of the service “Yandex.Money.” Experts analyzed the payments that people made with the card Yandex.The money in the first half of 2016 and 2017.

“The number of Russian taxpayers in China grew by 63% and average check of Russian tourists has increased 4.8 times. The number of payments increased by 46%,” – said the press service.

The large number of tourists were in December, March and may 2017. In China Russian tourists usually travel without cash, preferring to withdraw RMB from ATMs in China, the company said.

“The payment behavior of the Russians is markedly different from the Chinese: the country where even Bank cards are an anachronism, most of the purchases of the local population is using QR codes in WeChat and Alipay. Most of the purchases the Russians is Bank card. The Russians spend money on accommodation in hotels and apartments, food and alcohol in restaurants and bars, as well as making many purchases in clothing stores,” – said the press service.

According to Rosstat, in 2016, China visited the 1.67 million Russians. In the first quarter of 2017 in the country visited by 430 thousand tourists from Russia.