Tax Free Shopping in the Heart of Shanghai

By Sponsored, July 12, 2024

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Exciting news, shoppers of Shanghai! Plaza 66, Shanghai has introduced its very own 'Buy & Tax Refund' service to further enhance the shopping experience for overseas tourists and compatriots from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

Eligible tourists can receive a tax refund straight after purchasing goods, offering more convenience and encouraging further shopping enjoyment.

It couldn't be any easier. We're talking immediate refunds – in cash!

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With its glass atrium roof shining like a beacon over the city, Plaza 66 is a luxury lifestyle landmark in Shanghai, located on world-famous West Nanjing Road in the heart of downtown Jing'an District.

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Positioned as the ‘Home to Luxury,’ Plaza 66 is a must-visit destination in Shanghai for those who appreciate the finer things in life.

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Its five floors bring together more than 100 renowned clothing, jewelry, watch, and sports brands from around the world, including Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Chanel, Dior, Cartier, Bottega Veneta, Boucheron, and more – boasting a veritable 'who's who' list of luxury giants.

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Add into the mix coveted names such as Valextra, Mulberry and Moynat, as well as beauty and lifestyle brands such as Diptyque, Byredo, La Mer, La Prairie – plus a wide mix of trendy high-end restaurants – and there is always something new and exciting to discover at Plaza 66.

And it all just got even more appealing, with the introduction of the ‘Buy & Tax Refund’ service.

Who is eligible for the 'Buy & Tax Refund' service?

  • Foreign tourists, as well as those from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan, with valid passport or ID

  • Those staying in the Chinese mainland for no more than 183 consecutive days

  • Those departing from one of Shanghai's two international airports within 17 days, inclusive of the day of purchase

  • Those spending between RMB500 and RMB110,000

*If the purchase amount falls between RMB500-110,000, you can go to the B2 Handsfree for ‘Buy & Tax Refund’

It's perfect for spoiling yourself with some retail therapy while traveling, or purchasing gifts for family and friends you are planning to visit.

We visited the Bottega Veneta store at Plaza 66 and discovered for ourselves how simple and convenient the entire 'Buy & Tax Refund' refund process is.

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3 Simple In-Store Steps for a Tax Refund at TFS Stores

Step 1

Provide your valid passport (foreigner tourist) or identification documents (Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan).

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Step 2

Complete the 'Refund Application Form for Offshore Tourists.'

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Step 3

Provide your VAT invoice.

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Participating stores and brands in Plaza 66's 'Buy & Tax Refund' scheme include...

Alaia, Baby Dior, Balenciaga, Balmain, Berluti, Bottega Veneta, Boucheron, Brunello Cucinelli, Buccellati, Bvlgari, Celine, Cartier, Chanel, Chaumet, Canali, Chopard, Christofle, De Beers, Dior, Diptyque, Delvaux, Fendi, Fendi Kids, Fred, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Goyard, Gucci, Hermès, Hermès Puiforcat Saint-Louis, Hublot, Jaeger-Lecoultre, Jimmy Choo, John Lobb, Louis Vuitton, Loewe, Loro Piana, Lanvin, Loro Piana Kids, Moncler, Moncler Kids, Mulberry, Montblanc, Moynat, Pomellato, Panerai, Piaget, Puyi, Roger Vivier, Saint Laurent, Tiffany & Co., Tods, Tasaki, Versace, Valentino, Valextra, Van Cleef & Arpels.

Claiming That Cash Back... Immediately

Previously, travelers shopping at Plaza 66 could only claim their tax refunds at one of Shanghai’s two international airports.

Now the ‘Buy & Tax Refund’ service at Plaza 66, Shanghai simplifies the process and lets you claim that cash instantly.

After receiving your VAT Invoice and Refund Application Form, head to B2 Handsfree in Plaza 66 for the next 'Buy & Tax Refund' steps.

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‘Buy & Tax Refund’ Application Procedure

At the B2 Handsfree Counter

Step 1

Present your pre-authorized credit card:

  • UnionPay Dual Currency Credit Card

  • Mastercard

  • JCB

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Step 2

Make sure the value of the goods is between RMB500-110,000*

*If the value exceeds RMB110,000, you need to process the tax refund at your port of departure.

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Step 3

Confirm the actual tax refund amount for the goods and swipe your credit card to make a pre-authorization guarantee.

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Step 4

Fill out the 'Departure Tax Refund Facilitation Service Notification' and ‘Bank of China Limited Overseas Traveler Departure Business Personal Information Authorization.'

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Step 5

Collect the tax refund cash in advance.

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Step 6

You must depart from a Shanghai airport within 17 days, inclusive of the day of purchase.

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And that's it. That really, truly is all there is to it. No hidden mafan.

After wrapping up your shopping, and enjoying the smooth 'Buy & Tax Refund' service, all that is left to decide is what to spend that bonus cash on!

Remember that wide mix of trendy high-end restaurants we mentioned earlier?

Why not indulge in melt-in-your-mouth beef at Japanese barbecue Daimu Yakiniku, savor elevated Hunan cuisine at Moments Together, or enjoy refined Cantonese fare at one of three locations: Chao Tang Restaurant, Exquisite Bocuse, and Taste Paradise.

Or simply continue your retail journey in Plaza 66, a shoppers' paradise under one sparkling, iconic glass roof.

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'Buy & Tax Refund': 3 Attention Points

1. Before you leave China, you still need to carry the unused or unpacked goods for customers verification and submit the 'Refund Application Form' with the verified seal of customs to the 'Buy & Tax Refund' mailbox set up at the tax refund counter.

2. If a situation occurs that does not meet the conditions of 'Buy & Tax Refund,' the Shanghai Tax Refund Agency-BOC Shanghai Branch has every right to deduct the corresponding amount from the pre-authorized credit card, and the traveler is responsible for any related services fees.

3. If you meet the general conditions for tax refund upon departure, you can still process the tax refund according to the general tax refund process.


Plaza 66, 1266 Nanjing Xi Lu, by Shaanxi Bei Lu, Jing'an District 南京西路1266号, 近陕西北路

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