Daily Archives: July 18, 2013

The power of FREE GIFTS

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We went shopping in a discount department store for some presents for the friends kids yesterday.

Generally there was a lot of gifts that were pretty ‘low cost’ but it was amazing what we bought for the price. Earlier that day our tour stopped in a factory shop that made traditional Copper Vases. Looked great but were well overpriced for what they were.

It slightly annoys me how the Chinese believe that because we have made it to China the Foreigners will buy anything. We did but a few enamelled fish and Claire was very pleased that she negotiated them down from 300 RMB (£30 for 2) to 180 RMB (£18 for 2). To our horror the discount shop in the middle of Beijing has them for 18 RMB (£1.80 each).

Moving swiftly on from this, the best thing about the discount shop was that it was on 3 floors. If you bought anything you could go to the 3rd floor and redeem your receipts for a free gift. A great way to get us further into the shop and upstairs where there were very few people and the more expensive items.

We got our FREE gift and it was 2 pairs of nail clippers (probably worth about 1 RMB – 10p), very handy, but really interesting was the psychology of this.

I feel fantastic about this shop that I spent all of about £10 in. While I will tell everyone never to buy anything in ‘Foreigner’ tour stop offs!

Holiday sunset

Well, thats it, as you are reading this we are heading to the airport to fly back to the sunny UK (weather may have been fantastic in the UK but think of all the experiences in China!). It has been a fantastic holiday if not a little tiring at times, we have seen a little snapshot of China in a few weeks, definitely wanting more.

There is some places I would recommend, Shanghai, Beijing and Xian personally being highlights for me. There is culture, city living and ease of access in all of these cities. The culture is very different, Shanghai as the upstart modern skyscraper city, Beijing as the cultural and political heart of China and Xian steeped in history with the Terracotta warriors and city wall.

Most of all I would say come here, experience it and you will be amazed…

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Chinese smartphone usage

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(Copyright China Daily)

China Daily, my Chinese breakfast read reported that smartphone usage is up massively in China at present.

In fact, 80% of Chinese access the internet on their smartphone. China added 44m mobile internet users in the first 6 months of 2013!!

A total internet population of over 590m makes it a huge market for e-commerce.

A couple of final observations – WeChat seems the major mobile communication network in China with over 300m users. I really like the feature that you can record and send a voice message to someone. Very handy.

Weibo also seems very popular.

It’s a pity that most of the internet service providers block Facebook and Twitter, some don’t though as the Chinese government lifted restrictions on these apps a few months ago.