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Christmas Online Shopping in China

Dec. 8, 2009

Christmas Online Shopping in China

Key Learning Points (Preview):

网上购物 (wǎngshàng gòuwù) n Online shopping


热销 (rèxiāo) n Best seller


讨价还价(tǎojià huánjiàv To bargain


As the holiday season is coming up soon, the Christmas shopping frenzy is already around the corner. Will you do "网上购物 (wǎngshàng gòuwù) online shopping?" If so, you might be familiar with sites such as eBay and Amazon, but do you know Taobao? It is China's most popular online shopping site. According to Baidu Encyclopedia, Taobao' s "销量 (xiāoliàng) sales volume" accounts for 80% of China's online shopping market. In China, clothes, books, toys, and flowers are the "热销 (rèxiāo) hot selling" gifts online. Alipay is the "Paypal" in China, and is also an independent third-party payment platform.

"At the times of the '金融危机 (jīnróngwēijī)  financial crisis,' choosing a more economical way of shopping is necessary." Some China's online shopping "顾客 (gùkè) customers" commented. Compared with the traditional shopping methods, most people recognize that the "性价比 (xìngjiàbǐ) performance-to-price ratio" of online shopping is higher.

One unique feature of Taobao is that it offers an instant messenger called "Taobao Wangwang," where buyers can chat with their sellers. The customers can ask for specific product information, and "讨价还价 (tǎojià huánjià) bargain."

网上购物 (wǎngshàng gòuwù) n Online shopping


"网 (wǎng)" means network and "上 (shàng)" means on, so "网上 (wǎngshàng)" means on the internet. "购 (gòu)" means to buy and "物 ()" means thing, so "购物 (gòuwù)" means shopping. This phrase also can be used as a verb which means to shop online.




Yǒude hànyǔ xuéxízhě rènwéi, yīnggāi bǎ rúhé zài wǎngshàng gòuwù jiājìn AP zhōngwén de liànxí zhīzhōng.
Some Chinese learners consider that learning how to shop online should be included in AP Chinese practice.

热销 (rèxiāo) n Best seller


"热 ()" means hot and "销 (xiāo)" means to sell. This word also means to sell well.




Zhège xuéxiào de gè zhǒng duì wài hànyǔ kèchéng zhōng, shāngwù hànyǔ zuì  rèxiāo.
Among all kinds of the Chinese language courses of this school, the Business Chinese sells best.

讨价还价(tǎojià huánjiàv To bargain


"讨 (tǎo)" means to ask and "价 (jià)" means price, so "讨价 (tǎojià)" means to ask a price; "还价 (huánjià)" means to haggle.




Yǒu de gùkè bǎ tǎojià huánjià dàngzuò yì zhǒng gòuwù de lèqù. Some customers believe bargaining is a fun part of shopping.

生词 (shēngcí) Vocabulary:


销量 (xiāoliàng): n sales volume


礼物 (lǐwù): n gift


金融危机 (jīnróng wēijī): n financial crisis


顾客 (gùkè): n customer


性价比 (xìngjiàbǐ): n performance-to-price ratio


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