Date
22 July 2017
Chinese tourists bring their own instant noodles or buy them when traveling overseas. Photos: Reuters, Baidu
Chinese tourists bring their own instant noodles or buy them when traveling overseas. Photos: Reuters, Baidu

Mainland tourists just love instant noodles, survey finds

Three in 10 mainlanders would bring with them instant noodles when they travel abroad, according to a survey.

And even if they do not have instant noodles in their suitcases, 58 percent of the respondents said they would purchase them in their destinations, chinanews.com reports, citing a recent survey by travel service providers alitrip.com and wacai.com.

According to the survey, the average length of overseas travel for mainland tourists is five days.

Half of those who are leaving for abroad with instant noodles in their luggage would bring three to five packs.

A picture of a mainland “dama” slumped in front of a Gucci shop in Italy while eating a bowl of instant noodles has gone viral on social media.

According to the survey, 43 percent of those with a monthly income of 20,000 yuan (US$3,000) or above would still turn to instant noodles during their overseas trips.

Affordability and time-saving convenience were the two main reasons given by the respondents for opting for instant noodles, while others said they were not accustomed to Western food.

As to why they would still bring home instant noodles from their overseas trip, most of the respondents cited good taste.

About 90 percent of the respondents said those from Southeast Asian countries, Japan and South Korea are the best.

The survey also found that people born in the 1970s eat more instant noodles than those born in the ’90s.

This suggests that the younger Chinese are more willing to try out local offerings whey they are abroad.

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