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11.11 Chinese Online Shopping Day

Have you ever heard of Chinese Shopping Day ? The Singles' Day光棍节or Double 11 (Chinese: 双11), originally called Bachelors' Day, is a Chinese unofficial holiday and shopping season that celebrates people who are not in relationships. The date, 11 November (11/11), was chosen because the numeral 1 resembles a bare stick (chinese: 光棍; pinyin: guānggùn), which is Chinese internet slang for an unmarried man who does not add 'branches' to the family tree. The four '1's also abstractly refer to the demographic group of single people. Paradoxically, the holiday has become a popular date on which to celebrate relationships.

Originally, the date was celebrated as a cynical response to traditional couple-centric festivals by a small group of college bachelors. However, in 2009 Alibaba's CEO began to use the day as a 24-hour shopping holiday festival that offered online shopping discounts and offline entertainment. The holiday has now become the largest physical retail and online shopping day in the world.

The most popular online shopping apps in China ,its 淘宝京东拼多多, you can even try it when you are in abroad, the products would be so much cheaper on that day and some stores can even provide overseas shipping.

Learn popular phrases about shopping.


【光棍 – 打光棍】 – Man cannot get married

jié kè tè bié lǎn ,shèn zhì lǎn dé gōng zuò ,méi yǒu rèn hé shōu rù ,méi yǒu nǚ rén xiǎng yào jià gěi tā ,tā kǒng pà yào dǎ yī bèi zǐ guāng gùn le 。


Jack is very lazy, he doesn’t even want to work and has no income. No woman wants to marry to him. He probably would be end up being alone forever.

【亲 qīn 】 dear; 亲 is only used when you contact with the customer service online to be friendly. You can say "亲,这款产品还有更多折扣吗?qīn ,zhè kuǎn chǎn pǐn hái yǒu gèng duō zhé kòu ma ?”Hi,dear, is there any more discount for this product?"

【在线购物zài xiàn gòu wù 】Online Shopping ;

【购物车gòu wù chē】 Cart;

【结账jié zhàng】 Checkout;

【在线支付zài xiàn zhī fù】Online Checkout;

【价格jià gé】Price;

【便宜pián yí】Cheap;

【贵guì】Expensive ;

【打折dǎ zhé】 Discount;

【快递kuài dì】 Express;

【国际快递guó jì kuài dì】International Express;

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