Cruise Hive has come across an article about thousands of Chinese passengers that swept through a small village in Japan and emptied the shelves in local stores.
The Shanghaiist is reporting that during a port visit by Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas in Japan Chinese guests went ashore and purchased just about everything available to them! According to the site locals were angry that nothing remained including basic necessities. Thanks to signs in mandarin and translators the Chinese passengers from Quantum of the Seas managed to buy all sorts of items including rice cookers, vacuum flasks and cosmetic products that can all be more expensive back in China.
Even the well-known Cruise Law News didn’t know what to think of it:
— James (Jim) Walker (@CruiseLaw) July 9, 2015
Quantum of the Seas is sailing cruises from Shanghai, China and was sailing a 7 Night Fukuoka and Nagasaki Cruise that departed the Chinese city on July 4th. The Hiezu Village which was overrun and outnumbered by Chinese cruise passengers was swamped with shoppers. The village was one of the places to visit at the port of call of Fukuoka, Japan. The locals had seen nothing like it and were not used to having so many tourists.
In recent years the growing middle class in China have been found going abroad and traveling in increasing numbers. one of the main reasons is to purchase foreign good and bring them back to the chinese mainland. We’re pretty sure the locals have now had some time to recover and fill up the shelves again.
Quantum of the Seas is 167,800 gross ton cruise ship that can carry 4,180 passengers at double occupancy. In May the vessel began sailing from China all year round.