They have become a common sight at outlet malls—lines of tour buses with Chinese tourists eager to “shop ’til they drop.” Receipts bear this out. According to Tax Free Shopping, a company that processes tax refunds for foreign travelers, the average Chinese visitor to the United States spends $3,000 on luxury goods. Ironically, many items are made in China yet sell for a significant discount in the West. What does this say about China and the U.S. economy?
California is an especially attractive location, as the Sacramento Bee reports: