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A letter, a word – E for… E-commerce

0 ad in Beijing subway

We often heard in Europe that e-commerce will boom in the coming years and its potential is high. China market is one more time really advances on this topic. Buying online is already well known by Chinese netizens.

To answer numerous customers’ demands, e-commerce companies start to become multinational companies that can manage suppliers, freight transportation and home delivery.

Deliverymen are every morning in front of offices to bring their latest deliveries to customers. This is usual to see colleagues go down twice a week in our building to get their new gadgets from deliveryman.

The most famous e-commerce website in China is but I will write about it in an other dedicated post (most probably on the letter T… :) ). I spent so much time on Taobao that I got many stories to share.

It represents today more than 50 % of sells in China so the rivals have tough challenges to remain alive.

The principal contenders are: (more…)

News from


logo CtripA French lady, a Ctrip representative, who recently discovered my blog, contacted me few days ago.

She read my initial blog post (French version) that presented the famous Ctrip website and suggested me to promote latest news & offers on their site.

As Ctrip helped me and other “laowais” (expatriates who live in China) to visit this amazing country, I agree to publish a new article referencing this information.

So Ctrip, what do you plan to bring to your customers in the coming weeks?

  • Fast train tickets (home delivery is the only way to receive the tickets for now in almost all major cities in China; except Beijing and Guangzhou) (more…)

A letter, a word – D… for Dadong


A short focus today on local cuisine with the latest series’ post: D for Dadong.

The beijingers will find quickly which location I refer when I mention this name; it will be a little bit harder for the others. The Dadong Restaurant is well known in the Chinese capital. It is one of the references to taste the Beijing’s specialty, the savory roasted duck.

The menu proposes the famous Beijing Roasted Duck and other delicious dishes. Those are modern cuisine plates with a specific focus on the presentation.

Famous Beijing Kaoya in Dadong Fruit for Desert in Dadong


A letter, a word – C… for Communism



Third article in the new series, A letter A word, with the word Communism for the letter C. China is one of the latest country in the world where Communism is still the party which detains the power (with North Korea).

The initial model that Mao Zedong put in place in 1949 largely evolves but the Democratic Republic of China is still governed by the Communist party today. It is been more than 70 years than PCC controls with a “strong hand” the country.

In the eighties, under one other well-known personality in China, Den Xiaoping, the country started to slightly open to the outside world and began to make international commercial agreements. Those years shown the beginning of a huge economic growth that is still on-going now.

Today, Communism still controls the power but the persons in charge clearly understood that capitalist economy was necessary to support their country development. It is complicated to understand this from an outside point of view. How can they promote communism ideas and in the same time support capitalism in their enterprises? (more…)

Incredible China – example 21: Warning! Work in progress…


The renovation work in front of Phoenix City has started when I moved in this neighborhood (September 2011). The initial plan was to open a new subway exit for Sanyuanqiao station for Chinese New Year 2012. Couple of weeks ago, it was not finished yet and the subway station exit was still closed.

The new joke from the workers happened when they started to pour concrete on the pedestrian street to the subway. We can believe that those marks are footprints in the snow but that’s not the case… dozen of persons walked in the fresh concrete as no indication warned them. :(

Good Workers' Job in Sanyuanqiao Snowprints? No! concrete prints...

It remembered me an old post in Incredible China series where I described the workers’ effective working time (24/7). How workers can be effective and conscientious with this working rhythm?

A letter, a word – A for… Adventure


It is always hard to leave our country, our daily life and our habits. This is what I did 2 years ago when I accepted a job offer from my company in Beijing, China.

Lot of people recommend to make enquiries on the new country, go and visit the potential new city and be ready for these big changes.

On my side, I decided to jump on the other side of our planet without good knowledge of this new country. Few weeks after agreeing with my company, I was on a plane to Beijing without clear return date.

I wanted adventure; I had adventures even few hours after landing in China… (more…)

A letter, A word – China from A to Z…


I got one new idea when I went through some basic guidebooks for my next travels. I should write about my life in China with simple words that can describe easily this country. I start from today new series that is called ‘A letter, A word – China from A to Z’.

I will try in 26 posts to share my view and my understanding of Chinese culture and way of life.

This is a funny and also strange idea as Chinese didn’t use letters from our alphabet to write their words. From the title of this new series, we can already see the big gap between our 2 cultures.

Words from some letters are easy to find and in all our minds (B…Beijing; T…Tiananmen) but some articles will be really surprising. More to come…

Incredible China – example 19: Addict to their mobile phones


Today, I write an “Incredible China” linked to my work! People in China get a dangerous addiction to their mobile phones. This is common to find everybody around you with their devices in hands. They are chatting, playing or watching a movie.

All connected All eyes on their phones

The worst is that it is not the only place where they do it. This is usual to see them in the streets, at the restaurant or even during a meeting at the office… (more…)

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