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Singles Day, "Double Eleven", shopping spree...******
Staff members transport packages at a logistics center in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province, Nov. 11, 2021. With orders pouring in at midnight Wednesday, this year's Singles' Day shopping spree peaked on multiple e-commerce platforms in China. (Xinhua/Zhang Haoran)。
The annualSingles' Day shopping festival, launched by Alibaba's e-commerce platform, enters its 12th year. Let's take a glimpse of this year's event. 。
Chinese consumers snap up goodies on Singles' Day shopping fest。
This year marks the largest Singles' Day shopping festival on Tmall, with a record 290,000 brands participating and more than 14 million types of commodities offering discounts, according to the company.。
From Nov. 1 to 12:45 a.m. Thursday, sales of 411 small and medium brands with turnover exceeding 1 million yuan (about 156,000 U.S. dollars) during last year's event on Tmall, surpassed the 10-million yuan threshold.。
The number of brands that saw a turnover of more than 100 million yuan on Tmall reached 382 during the period, including Huawei, Apple and Chinese sportswear brand Erke.。
"The sales are crazy," said Shen Donglai, co-founder of domestic cosmetics brand SpaChina, which is participating in the Singles' Day shopping festival for the third time.。
Between 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2:09 p.m. Thursday, the total value of orders on JD.com, another Chinese e-commerce giant, hit a new record of over 311.4 billion yuan.。
This is also the greenest Singles' Day shopping festival on JD.com, which introduced various measures, including developing recyclable packaging, deploying new-energy cargo vans and using photovoltaic power generation in warehousing, to lower carbon emissions and the impact on environment. As a result, the amount of carbon emissions slashed stood at 26,000 tonnes as of Thursday noon.。
Photo taken on May 28, 2019 shows a paper box that can be recycled for packaging displayed during the 2019 Global Smart Logistics Summit in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province. (Xinhua/Huang Zongzhi)。
12th Singles Day festival marked by less flash and more rational shopping。
This year's Singles Day shopping festival on Thursday featured no flashy discounts or star-studded performances.。
Instead, companies pointed to inclusive growth and eco-friendliness while taking the Nov 11 shopping extravaganza into its 12th year, and some consumers opted for more rational shopping.。
In a departure from the previous festivals, Alibaba did not disclose gross merchandise volume via its plethora of platforms halfway through the event.。
It did, however, emphasize its role in empowering small and medium-sized brands, saying they have "leapfrogged" in sales.。
Chinese labels are also gaining traction among overseas buyers, with sportswear brand Erke recording sevenfold sales growth to foreign markets via Tmall and Taobao during this year's campaign.。
Meanwhile, some customers called for rational shopping.。
"I am getting sick of the sophisticated gameplay of winning coupon rebates," said Hong Wei, an accounting specialist in Shanghai. "I buy what I need, and I will not fall for marketing stunts."
Staff members sort packages at a logistics center in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province, Nov. 11, 2021. (Xinhua/Zhang Haoran)。
Singles' Day picks up steam as Spain adopts Chinese business calendar。
The Chinese commercial calendar is being adopted in Spain, partly due to the economic impulse that online platforms such as AliExpress are giving to the Spanish economy, a Spainish professor told Xinhua.。
Like Black Friday two weeks later, Singles' Day is especially popular in Spain, which has briefly overtaken the United States as the second-largest market for AliExpress' online sales -- behind Russia.。
Eduardo Irastorza, a professor at the OBS Business School of Barcelona, described AliExpress' strategy as a "resounding success."
AliExpress said that on this "Singles' Day," the number of Spanish businesses participating in the event is 10 percent higher than in 2020, with 11,000 sellers offering 28 percent more products.。
Renowned US wildlife park launches first Chinese New Year celebration******
San Diego Zoo Safari Park on Saturday kicked off its first Chinese New Year celebration in its 50-year-long history.
During the two-day celebration of the Year of the Tiger, a Chinese zodiac animal, guests can discover such activities as Chinese New Year good fortunes, Asian-inspired food, engaging experiences with wildlife care specialists and adorable animals in the park.
Guests are also invited to tie red ribbons written with their wishes to the trees in the park's Tiger Trail and will receive red envelopes and small gifts from the Consulate General of China in Los Angeles, including souvenirs of the Beijing Olympic Winter Games.
Located in the city of Escondido in the US state of California, the 1,800-acre wildlife park, home to more than 3,600 animals representing over 300 species, welcomes more than 1 million guests each year. A Chinese New Year celebration is also being held in its sister park, the San Diego Zoo.
Sending his greetings to those celebrating the arrival of the Chinese New Year, Paul Baribault, president and CEO of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, operator of the parks, said during the launching ceremony that the wishing trees will be planted in Tiger Trail and "marked with a commemorative plaque honoring this day and our long-term friendship with our Chinese conservation partners."
"May these trees tell a story of our collective power to create positive change, forge lasting friendships, and recognize the beauty in the diversity of our world," he said.
Baribault praised the joint efforts by the alliance and its Chinese partners in contributing to breeding and protecting giant pandas.
In 1996, a female panda named Bai Yun, meaning white cloud in Chinese, arrived at the San Diego Zoo and soon gained in popularity. In 2019, she and her sixth cub Xiao Liwu, meaning a small gift in Chinese, returned to China.
Chinese Consul General in Los Angeles Zhang Ping, who also attended the launching ceremony, thanked the alliance for holding the Chinese New Year celebration, saying it enables the public to feel the strength and vitality of the real tigers in close range, and better understand the symbolic meaning that the Year of the Tiger carries.
"As the Beijing Winter Olympics motto goes, 'Together for a Shared Future,' we hope our two peoples will come together and work together to build a better future for the world," he added.
Mainz clinch late 1******
BERLIN, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- Silvan Widmer's late leveler secured Mainz a share of the spoils with Borussia Monchengladbach at the curtain raiser of the 11th round in Bundesliga on Friday.。
The "Nullfunfer" took over from the kick-off and came to presentable chances through Jonathan Burkhardt, who came close in the 15th and 23rd minute.。
The flow of the game got disrupted through due to two injury substitutions as Elvedi and Breel Embolo was unable to continue.。
The visitors then shocked Mainz out of the blue as goalkeeper Robin Zentner blocked Ramy Bensebaini's shot into the path of substitute Florian Neuhaus, who latched onto the rebound to break the deadlock in the 38th minute.。
Monchengladbach controled the proceeding and should have added another goal to its lead but for all that Bensebaini and Marcus Thuram lacked in accuracy before the break.。
After the half time Mainz assumed immediately control and pressed Monchengladbach on the back foot as Sommer had to be on guard to defuse Lee Jaesung's long-range shot with one minute into the second half.。
Mainz pressed frenetically but Sommer seemed insuperable after neutralizing promising efforts from Lee and Burkardt at the hour mark.。
The host eventually got rewarded for their efforts in the 76th minute when Widmer curled a clearance from Kouadio Kone into the top left corner.。
Monchengladbach tried to find and answer but the Mainz' defence stood firm and extend its unbeaten run to four games in the league.。
With the stalemate, Mainz stay on the 5th position of the Bundesliga standings meanwhile Borussia Monchengladbach climb on the 9th spot for the moment.。
The following fixtures are scheduled for Saturday: front runners Bayern Munich meet in-form Freiburg for a top clash, Leipzig encounter runners-up Borussia Dortmund, Wolfsburg face Augsburg, Stuttgart take on bottom side Arminia Bielefeld and newly promoted Bochum host Hoffenheim. Enditem。