A man carries a box of lanterns at a village in Shijiazhuang in Hebei province. China's courier services are planning ahead to cope with Singles' Day, an annual e-commerce shopping spree in China that falls on November 11. Photo: AFP

From shampoo to boats and North Pole tickets: how China’s online shopping frenzy evolved

Singles’ Day has grown into a retail phenomenon that has spread well beyond China’s 1.3 billion population to snare shoppers from Southeast Asia to the US

Topic |   Alibaba

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A man carries a box of lanterns at a village in Shijiazhuang in Hebei province. China's courier services are planning ahead to cope with Singles' Day, an annual e-commerce shopping spree in China that falls on November 11. Photo: AFP
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