Hainan launches departure tax refund pilot

10:26, December 28, 2010      

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To promote the international tourism of Hainan, China's southern most province, will offer a departure tax refund as a part of a pilot program, according to the notice issued by the Ministry of Finance.

The starting point is 800 yuan. This means one foreign tourist who spends at least 800 yuan in a same designated tax-rebate shop in a single day can claim a tax rebate when they leave the island with their purchase.

The starting level is different in different countries. In the Britain, the starting level is 10 pounds, while in France, it is 175 euros.

Earlier this year, China's State Council announced a series of plans to turn Hainan Island into a top international tourism destination by 2020.

By Liang Jun, People's Daily Online
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