Chinese investors spent a record US$33 billion in commercial and residential properties abroad in 2016, up nearly 53% year over year.
According to latest data from Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.'s Global Capital Flows, outbound land acquisitions also rose 44% in 2016 from the previous year, thanks to "significant transactions" in Hong Kong, Australia and Malaysia.
JLL said that investment in the hotel and industrial sectors saw the largest increase in 2016, attributed to large portfolio sales and investor interest in industrial parks in the United States. Of note was Anbang Insurance's US$6 billion acquisition of Strategic Hotels and Resorts Inc., according to JLL Global Capital Markets Research Director David Green-Morgan.
Meanwhile, local investors accounted for more than 86% of property transactions in China in 2016, up from approximately 75% in the past few years.