A Chinese holiday to celebrate being single has turned into one of the world’s largest online shopping events.
[On November 11th], millions of unattached Chinese took advantage of online shopping specials tailored for them—travel deals for lone travelers, single-serving rice cookers, boyfriend pillows, and deals on BMWs (helpful for shedding one’s single status).
Why not make a bunch of rice and just eat leftovers? No? Okay! Buy that tiny rice cooker.
Sales passed that of America’s after-Thanksgiving day of shopping deals, Cyber Monday, and reached $5.4 billion by 11pm.
That is almost as much as the GDP of Monaco. What is the big deal, guys?
The day, always on 11/11—the single [...]
Two friends of mine moved to Qingdao, China, a few weeks ago to teach. The school gave them an apartment, where they discovered a notebook with this list on the first page and nothing else. The previous occupant, a woman, had been teaching at the school but had left abruptly a couple of weeks earlier. (Proper nouns have been changed.)
2011 – 2012
-Get married to Guillaume.
-Build and sell Emerging Market Strategies LLC.
-Become fluent in Chinese, French, German, Portuguese.
-Maintain a youthful, gorgeous appearance.
A bride in China got stood up on her wedding day and was so distraught that she jumped out a window — but someone caught her at the last second and saved her! Here are some amazing pictures of her rescue.
"How China's often gruff, male-dominated business culture developed a taste for purses owes a little to history, necessity — and vanity." —The story of Chinese businessmen's "power purses."