Taobao Guide Part 3: Address

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Welcome to the next step in your Taobao journey! You’ve signed up for Taobao, you have a bank account connected to Alipay. Now you need to tell Taobao where to send your purchases. Head to the Taobao homepage and follow the directions below. You can zoom in on all of the photos in this guide by clicking on them. These pictures are from the desktop version of Taobao. On mobile or the app, the buttons … Continue reading

Taobao Guide Part 2: Alipay

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Alipay is one of the main ways to pay for things electronically in China. It works for shopping, food delivery apps, many stores and restaurants, and sending money to your friends. Here, we’re going to set up a bank card on Alipay. You need a Chinese bank card, Chinese phone number, your passport number and your name exactly as your bank typed it in when you made your account. All the info must match or it won’t … Continue reading

Zhongwen Browser Extension

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Many people, when first coming to Guiyang, don’t speak or read much Chinese. This is the first guide in a series for helpful tools that can make navigating a new place in a different language a little bit easier. The focus of today’s guide is an extension for the Google Chrome browser. If you don’t use that browser, I’m sure there are other extensions with similar functions, but this is the one I use.  Zhongwen: … Continue reading

Taobao Guide Part 1: Register

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One thing that many expats find most difficult about being away from home is not knowing where to buy something they need. Most employers have someone in the office to help new foreigners get what they need, but it doesn’t always feel great to bother someone on their day off because you don’t know where to buy a hammer or some good cheese. Online shopping helps you get some of your independence back, and with … Continue reading