Los Angeles is expected to receive more than 580,000 mainland China tourists in 2004, a Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board report estimates.
In a survey conducted by the LATCB, shopping tops the list of activities made by Chinese tourists in L.A., followed in descending order by dining, city tours, historic interests tours, theme parks, and casinos, according to a report by the Chinese language World Journal.
Hollywood and the beaches also ranked among the most popular destinations for Chinese visitors in Los Angeles.
Chinese tourists tend to purchase name brand luxury items including clothing, watches, jewelry, cosmetics, and electronics.
The majority of the Chinese tourists in L.A. chose to stay in hotels in the ethnic enclaves of San Gabriel Valley and eat in Chinese restaurants, the LATCB survey reveals.
Chinese tourists represent the second largest foreign tourist market for Los Angeles, Wendy Kheel of the LATCB said.