By  on January 28, 2016

From fashion hubs like Shanghai to hinterland boomtowns like Chengdu, foreign visitors to China can now put 9 percent of their purchases back into their pockets if they shop at hundreds of designated stores.

The government’s new value-added tax refund scheme was expanded this month, and officials have high hopes for the program, saying it will boost local spending, bolster luxury retail sales and spur international tourism.

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