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Popular Websites Blocked in China by the Firewall

Popular Websites Blocked in China by the Great Firewall

Many popular foreign websites are blocked in China. The only way to access to these sites is with a proxy or with a VPN Service,

​This often causes a lot of inconvenience especially for foreign travelers, expats, staff working in foreign invested companies in China, and some small business owners dealing in foreign trade, who has got used to visit these websites.

What are these websites and why they are blocked in China?

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36 Things to Check Before Launching a Website in China

Launching a website in ChinaYou are probably quite stressful when launching a website in China, typically when it is your first time. Building a website that can sell in China requires a fully localized Chinese web design. A couple of things could go very, very wrong if you are not aware of the basic rules. Well, today you’re in for a […]
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When Would a Chinese Consumer Buy from Your Web Store?

Attract Chinese Buyers to Your Online Shop

Now You can enter China market at a much lower cost with a significant number of potential Chinese cross-border online shoppers out there.

And it is pretty efficient.

It is true that China sells various types of goods around the world.

In the mean time, Chinese buers love western brands, esp. luxury goods, infant formulas, healthcare products, cosmetics, etc.

Chinese buyers want to access to more foreign brands in an easier way, and they are ready to pay a premium for high-end products.

It is the good timing to get more Chinese buyers.

You can fully localize your web store, you can provide direct shipping to China, you can support Chinese customer service.When Would a Chinese Consumer Buy from Your Web Store? When Would a Chinese Consumer Buy from Your Web Store?(Photo by Chao: In Southern Georgia, USA, Oct. 2016, I love the bales of the three little pigs)

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Flying experience in My US Travel

My Flight to LA was Cancelled

On my flight from Shanghai to Los Angeles

Qunar

I booked my flight from PVG to LAX on Qunar and it was scheduled to departure in the evening on Oct. 17. 2016.

The airline is United Airlines. I went to their official website and booked the seats. Everything was perfect.

In the morning of Oct. 17, about 9 oclock in the morning, I got a call from a Qunar customer service representative, telling me my flight UA199 was cancelled, without knowing the reason as he claimed.

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New Game Players in China Import eCommerce

A lot of foreign brands cost more in China, and Chinese shoppers tend to buy many products from overseas.

With the attractive potential ahead, new players joined this game without hesitate.

This May, I attended the 5th Cross-border eCommerce conference China 2016 in Shanghai. The meeting lasted two days, the first day focusing on import and the 2nd day focusing on export.

The one sitting left to me is a senior director from a top newspaper in China,  they are also working on a cross-border eCommerce program. A big challenge for them is the difficulty in recruiting qualified talents with experience in this field.

Actually I’d been in the same event twice last year. We can see obvious changes in a short time, and more new faces in the market.

 

 the 5th Cross-border eCommerce conference China 2016 in Shanghai
the 5th Cross-border eCommerce conference China 2016 in Shanghai

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Please Help Build My Profile in China

Build my profile in China In China, football is on it’s way up and many overseas independent contractors want to be a part of it. Pedro, A previous professional football player in England come to me for a proper China market entry strategy and some advice. Pedro wants to build his own profile and expand […]
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Finally, I Got A Trunki Hello Kitty Boostapak

Emily, my daughter dislikes her car seat since it becomes uncomfortable when she grows up. We also found it quite difficult to adjust and occupies too much space. So we decided to change a lite one which is easy to carry and set up. But all car seats in China physical store are quite traditional like our existing one.

4 weeks ago, Vicky sent me a shopping list before my travel in North America and stressed that Trunki Hello Kitty Boostapak is priority No. 1. 

A Challenge But I Made It

Trunki is quite popular in UK and Hongkong. There are many fake ones in the China market too.

For this type of car seat, Trunki is not available in most American physical stores.

Though we can find standard pink and green version in many web stores, Hello kitty is quite difficult to find.

I failed to complete the mission in the United States and finally got the car seat from Taobao back home in China. Yesterday it arrived and Emily loved it.

Most important thing is, It took me less than 48 hours to get it.Finally, I Got A Trunki Hello Kitty BoostapakFinally, I Got A Trunki Hello Kitty Boostapak

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How Do Chinese Online Shoppers Buy From Overseas?

How Do Chinese Online Shoppers Buy From Overseas?

 

Chinese shoppers have been engaged in cross-border import trade over recent years.

Buying overseas products is generally referred to as “HaiTao” in Chinese.

“Hai” (Sea) means overseas, “Tao” (Search) means find and purchase.

 

How Do Chinese Online Shoppers Buy From Overseas?
How Do Chinese Online Shoppers Buy From Overseas?

Official Brand Web Store

It is the most reliable way for Chinese consumers to buy if they know your brand.

In the beginning, most foreign e-Commerce sites don’t offer the direct shipping service to China. Chinese consumers bought through overseas e-commerce sites, and ship the purchased products back to China through intermediary shipping companies.

Language barriers, different payment, customer service and after-sales service are also obstacles for average Chinese consumers.

Customer service is critical for international buyers, I am sharing my story about Emily’s New 3Doodler Start Pen .

 

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Develop Your China Online Payment Strategy

Develop Your China Online Payment Strategy

You need to have a payment strategy when you step further to eCommerce in China.

The decline rate for Chinese merchants is quite high in online credit card payment, and some websites do not even accept Chinese credit cards. This made Chinese consumers impossible to shop buy themselves in many situations.

 

develop you China online payment strategy
develop you China online payment strategy

Now an increasing number of foreign retailers allow Chinese consumers to pay through Alipay, Union Pay which are quite comfortable for them. Continue reading Develop Your China Online Payment Strategy