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goodbye, wechat sellers! goodbye, daigou people!

question: 

which one do you prefer? 

wechat daigou or a wechat seller?

have you ever heard of wechat daigou? if not, let us give you a quick intro. daigou (代购 dàigòu) is a personal shopper who purchases commodities for customers outside mainland china because prices for those goods can be 30-40% cheaper abroad than they are in china.

well, we received some breaking news and is eager to share it with you. ↓

the e-commerce law of the people’s republic of china will be officially implemented on january 1st next year!

 

goodbye, wechat sellers! goodbye, daigou people!

 

what will be the implications of this new law?

in the future.

wechat daigou and sellers will be subject to strict supervision, with violations punished with a fine of up to rmb 2 million!

this isn’t a joke!

 the important thing to know is

1. no matter what the wechat daigou or seller is, it needs to operate with a business license for both the buyer overseas and in china;

 

2. tax payment is required, and criminal liability shall be borne for tax evasion;

 

3. products with no chinese label, production of milk powder and other health products which are not certified by china accreditation administration, shall not be sold.

so which one are you? 

a daigou, or a seller?

why do i suddenly feel like i’m an “entrepreneur”?

but don’t just think you’re a little wechat businessman and that it’s ok to advertise on your moments.

 

from now on, you have an extra “professional” reputation and responsibilities.

 

  e-commerce operator  

 

goodbye, wechat sellers! goodbye, daigou people!

what is e-commerce operator?

for example, daigou on e-commerce platforms such as taobao and jd, wechat business on wechat moments, and bloggers selling things on live broadcasting platforms are all e-commerce operators.

how to run your daigou business and wechat business?

  1  

 you must register for it:  

if you are selling food, you also need to apply for a food distribution license;

the e-commerce law also stipulates that infant formula that does not have a chinese label, that is not produced by a factory certified by the national accreditation administration of china, and that is not licensed for formula registration cannot be sold on online platforms.

goodbye, wechat sellers! goodbye, daigou people!

previously, there was no business registration required for a daigou online store on taobao, and the “wechat business” of the moment was even more of a zero threshold.

but now, you must register to deal with business licenses lawfully! 

otherwise, you will face a fine of up to rmb 10,000!

 

  2  

  you must pay taxes  

 

in the past, you could work as a daigou at taobao while also operating your wechat business. all the money you made was your own.

in the future, however, you will need to pay taxes according to the law, tax evasion if there may be the criminal liability!

goodbye, wechat sellers! goodbye, daigou people!

but… it’s definitely good news for customers!

the introduction of this e-commerce law does not mean that it severely cracks down on the e-commerce platforms, but instead it brings a better consumption environment and experience to our consumers.,.!

 1. it’s less likely to buy a fake product!

after the implementation of this new e-commerce law, it will be much harder to sell counterfeit and low-quality products online. 

 2. the e-commerce platform assumes

 “joint and several” responsibilities 

if there is a problem with the seller’s products on the platform, such as fake milk powder, fake red wine, fake cosmetics, etc., then the platform should also bear the responsibility.

in this way, it will be more reliable and more secure to buy things on those large-scale e-commerce platforms.

 3. it is strictly prohibited to make good comments and delete bad comments, otherwise, the maximum fine is rmb 500,000 

electronic business operators shall not conduct false or misleading commercial publicity in the form of fictitious transactions or fabricated user comments, etc., to deceive and mislead consumers.

 4. it is prohibited to refuse to refund the deposit to customers without  a legitimate reason 

the e-commerce law stipulates that if an e-commerce operator collects deposits from consumers in accordance with the agreement, it shall state clearly the method and procedure for returning the deposits, and shall not set unreasonable conditions for returning the deposits.

 

if a consumer applies for a refund of the deposit and the conditions for the refund of the deposit are met, the e-commerce operator shall return the deposit in a timely manner.

overall, the new rules could have a big impact on the friends who sell wechat business.

 

but for us consumers, more security, more security.

 

how do you feel about this new law?

 

what do you think of those who sell products on wechat moments and sell daigou things every day?

 

let us know in the comment section below!

insane ¥400,000 shanghai restaurant bill goes viral!

an image of an astronomically high dinner bill from a shanghai restaurant has gone viral in china.

insane ¥400,000 shanghai restaurant bill goes viral!

according to a receipt issued by maggie’s restaurant, otherwise known as ‘maggie’s 5’ or ‘西郊5号’, in hongqiao district on september 19, a group of eight diners indulged in an extravagant 20-dish dinner that totaled to a whopping rmb418,245 bill (or rmb52,281 per person). we hope they got a fapiao.

dinner bill

insane ¥400,000 shanghai restaurant bill goes viral!

image via beijing news/sina

among some of the luxurious dishes the crew splurged on were a variety of pricy seafood items. the most expensive dish was a single order of “crocodile tail soup,” which added up to rmb16,800. the restaurant also tacked on a rmb37,944.60 service fee.

here’s what was on the bill:

1x organic pickled vegetables (rmb38 per item)

1x crispy salty chicken (rmb98)

1x abalone braised in chili sauce (rmb138)

1x whelks cooked in brown sauce (rmb118)

1x braised pork in wine sauce (rmb98)

1x fennel roots (rmb58)

1x bitter asparagus (rmb78)

1x vegetable salad (rmb68)

8x top-grade black & white caviar (rmb5,000)

8x half abalone in sake wine (rmb12,800)

8x 400g yangtze river crab (rmb2,800)

1x duck with olive meat (rmb2,888)

8x supreme salt-fried steak (rmb1,580)

8x crispy black ginseng with shrimp roe (rmb398)

1x crocodile tail soup (rmb16,800) 

1x 3.8kg wild yellow croaker (rmb16,920 in total)*

8x fish maws with abalone gravy sauce (rmb5,800)

1x 4.3kg broiled giant spiraled whelk shells (rmb13,588 in total)**

8x “xia he he” (rmb58)

1x zhonghua cigarette pack (rmb88)

1x meal for the driver (rmb550)

8x double flavor cake (rmb38)

1x yunnan dianhong tea pot (rmb568) 

8x coca-cola (rmb18)

1x fresh orange juice (rmb268)

* unit price: rmb15,800

** unit price: rmb1,580

a written note on the printed receipt indicated that the restaurant received rmb400,000. it’s not clear if or when the remaining rmb18,245 came through, or if it was comped by the restaurant. 

images allegedly coming from the dinner were posted on weibo, though the user who originally uploaded them has since deleted the post.

insane ¥400,000 shanghai restaurant bill goes viral!

image via weibo

partaking in the exhorbitant feast was a mix of diners from china and dubai, according to restaurant owner sun zhaoguo. sun, who also happens to be a famous award-winning chef and has appeared on multiple tv cooking competitions, told beijing news that the dubai diners were treating their chinese counterparts to the six-figure meal.

“that’s nothing at all in dubai,” he joked.

sun said most of the customized dishes were off the menu and instead ordered privately ahead of time. he confirmed that the ingredients, including some of the pricier ones, were sourced from all over china. but he added that they adhered to national regulations, and that no protected wild animals were used. crocodile meat like that used in the stew, for example, usually comes from farms in guangdong or fujian province.

in the past, wealthy chinese citizens and government officials have come under fire for dining on endangered animals.

as for the mystery diners, sun wouldn’t reveal their identities. but he did tell beijing news that neither political leaders nor celebrities were present at the table.

insane ¥400,000 shanghai restaurant bill goes viral!

restaurant owner sun zhaoguo. image via baidu baike

meanwhile, images of the secluded restaurant located in a suburban garden-style country hotel have also been widely circulating online as curious social media users have tried to learn more about the mysterious venue. unlike what was shown on the viral receipt, meals at the upscale restaurant serving shanghainese, zhejiang and jiangsu cuisine typically cost rmb880 per person, according to the venue’s dianping page.

insane ¥400,000 shanghai restaurant bill goes viral!

image via dianping

 

insane ¥400,000 shanghai restaurant bill goes viral!

image via dianping

how chinese say “no” in various ways? hard thing to do!

saying “no” is often a very hard thing to do – especially for chinese people when dealing with acquaintances. this causes them to sometimes say “yes,” or other words, when they actually mean “no.” 

how chinese say

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for this reason, you may find it is difficult to refuse food or drink in china, as it may seem that no one is taking your “no” for a real refusal. don’t worry, we know this sounds confusing. this cultural difference is the cause of several misunderstandings, hence the article you’re reading today!

two types of refusals

there are two types of refusals in chinese culture. one is a “real refusal,” while the other is “ritual refusal.”

how chinese say

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real refusal

for a given invitation, sometimes people will offer an invitation merely as a ritual to show politeness (called a “ritual invitation”). this type of invitation often occurs at the end of the interactions, and functions as a proper way to say goodbye and keep a relationship open.

how chinese say

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01

for example

a: 有空来我们家玩啊(yǒu kòng lái wǒ men jiā wán a.) come and visit my home when available.

b: 好,到时打电话吧。(hǎo, dào shí dǎ diàn huà ba.) ok, i’ll call you then.

in this ritual invitation, a (the inviter) didn’t give many details about the invitation. normally, b (the invitee) tends to accept the invitation without asking for further information.

how chinese say

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in some case, for instance, when the invitee is not sure whether the invitation is real or ritual, the invitee will refuse the invitation to ascertain whether or not the inviter really had the intention of inviting them along.

refusal of invitations

改天吧(gǎi tiān ba) maybe another day,

下次吧(xià cì ba) maybe next time,

以后/回头再说(yǐ hòu /huí tóu zài shuō) talk about it later.

ritual refusal

sometimes, it is difficult to guess whether an invitation is real or merely a ritual one. in this case, a ritual refusal can be used to judge the real intention of the inviter. if the inviter doesn’t insist on inviting a second time, the first invitation can be interpreted as a ritual one, and declining is an appropriate way to respond.

how chinese say

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however, if the response of the inviter indicates that his invitation was serious, accepting the invitation is the appropriate way to respond.

02

for example

(scenario: a and b are old school friends, one day they ran into each other on the street. an invited b have dinner together.)

a: 我们一起去吃饭吧,我请客。(wǒ men yì qǐ qù chī fàn ba, wǒ qǐng kè.) let’s dine out together, i’ll take care of the bill.

b: 还是我来吧。(hái shì wǒ lái ba.) i’ll pay for it.

a: 跟老同学还客气啊。(gēn lǎo tóng xué hái kè qì a.) there’s no need for so much courtesy to your old classmate!)

b: 那好吧,下次我请。 (nà hǎo ba, xià cì wǒ qǐng.) ok, i’ll treat you next time.

refusal of offers

不用了(bú yòng le) not necessary.

太麻烦你了(tài má fán nǐ le) it bothers you too much.

别忙了(bié máng le) please do not bother.

chinese people tend to decline gifts multiple times before finally accepting them. this is a ritualistic way to show modesty and to avoid indications of personal greed. usually, formulaic expressions of politeness will be used to refuse gifts ritually, such as “你太客气了。(nǐ tài kè qì le.) you are being too kind./不好意思。(bù hǎo yì si.) sorry to bother you.”

how chinese say

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expressions

these expressions can be considered as sign of ritual refusals. sometimes, questioning the giver of the gifts are used in this type of refusal, such as “干嘛带东西来? (gàn má dài dōng xi lái?) why do you bring gifts?”/“干嘛买这么多东西呢?(gàn má mǎi zhè me duō dōng xi ne?) why do you buy so many things?”

03

for example

a: 这是送给你的。(zhè shì song gěi nǐ de.) this is for you.

b: 干嘛带东西来啊? (gàn má dài dōng xi lái?) why do you bring gifts?)

a: 这是我的一点心意,请收下吧。(zhè shì wǒ de yì diǎn xīnyì, qǐng shōu xià ba.) this is a little token, please take it.

b: 你太客气了。(nǐ tài kè qì le.) you are too kind.

like gifts, chinese people tend to decline favours multiple times. in chinese culture, this behaviour is a polite way to show modesty, because it indicates the willingness to not put many troubles on others. usually, direct refusal, e.g. “不用了(bú yòng le.) not necessary. ” “太麻烦你了(tài má fán nǐ le.) it bothers you too much. ” is a common way to ritually refuse favours.

a: 我开车送你回去吧。(wǒ kāi chē song nǐ huí qù ba.) let me drive you back.

b: 不用了,太麻烦了。(bú yòng le, tài má fán le.) it is not necessary, i’ll bother you too much.

a: 没什么,别客气。(méi shén me, bié kè qi.) it’s no big deal, don’t mention it.

b: 那好吧,谢谢。 (nà hǎo ba. xiè xie.) alright then, thank you.

this ritual refusal before final acceptance also often happens when people offer food or drink, especially when it is offered by unfamiliar people.

how chinese say

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that’s why when chinese people offer you food or drink, and encourage you to “eat more,” they might end up giving you more and more food, even in spite of you saying “no, i’m full!” they interpret your refusal as ritual way to show politeness. to avoid eating more than you planned, i suggest you try “我现在不想吃。(wǒ xiànzài bù xiǎng chī.) ”/ “谢谢,待会吧。(xièxie, dāi huìr ba.)”

 

refusal of unsolicited suggestions

 

我考虑考虑(wǒ kǎo lǜ kǎo lǜ.)

我想想吧(wǒ xiǎng xiǎng ba.)

– i will think about it.

unsolicited commercial suggestions

unsolicited commercial suggestions are often used by salespeople or advertisements when suggesting a purchase. the social distance between the salesperson and the listener plays an important role in the refusals of commercial suggestions.

how chinese say

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when refusing commercial suggestions by strangers, a direct refusal is acceptable like “不要,谢谢。(bú yào, xiè xie. no, thanks)”. when dealing with acquaintances, though, excuses and/or postponements such as “我考虑考虑。(wǒ kǎo lǜ kǎo lǜ.)/我想想吧。(wǒ xiǎng xiǎng ba.)” are often used.

 

refusal of requests

 

if someone requests information or advice from someone who is not willing to give it, the person might employ a verbal avoidance strategy, such as switching the topic, postponement, or dodging the question, such as

– 我不太清楚。(wǒ bú tài qīng chǔ.) i am not really sure.

face

the chinese concept of “face” and general characteristics of chinese communication play a big part in how the chinese choose to say no.

how chinese say

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the chinese try to protect/respect the “face” of friends or coworkers by hiding the truth and replacing it with something less embarrassing or negative. these hidden negations also exist in many other languages and countries, though they’re not always as clear as they are in chinese.

furthermore, times are changing, even in china – chinese people are now not always indirect when saying “no,” especially amongst the younger generation.

hopefully, now you can understand the differences a bit better, and have an easier time adapting to chinese indirect refusal!

how chinese say

have you encountered a similar case that makes you feel puzzled or confused in china? comment please.

guangdong airport authority signed a memorandum of cooperation on sept 16 at the 24th world route development forum with seven airlines including china southern airlines, china eastern airlines, ethiopian airlines and siberia airlines.

9月16日,广东机场管理局在第24届世界航路发展论坛上与中国南方航空中国东方航空埃塞俄比亚航空西伯利亚航空等7家航空公司签署了协议。

gd airport authority to open more intl routes广东机场管理局将开通更多国际航线

cantonese opera shows are put on stage at the promotion event on sept 16. [photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

high-quality international routes

高质量的国际航线

in the future, they are hoping to jointly open a number of high-quality international routes to cities such as madrid in spain, milan in italy, st. petersburg in russia and islamabad in pakistan.

未来,他们希望共同开通一些高质量的国际航线,比如西班牙的马德里意大利的米兰俄罗斯的圣彼得堡巴基斯坦的伊斯兰堡

a raft of activities regulation

大量的活动

after the opening ceremony of the forum, a raft of activities were organized to showcase cantonese food, music, culture and local intangible cultural heritages such as olive kernel carving, guangxiu embroidery and guangcai ceramics.

论坛开幕式后,还组织了一系列活动,展示粤菜、音乐、文化以及橄榄仁雕刻、光绣、光彩陶瓷等当地非物质文化遗产。

gd airport authority to open more intl routes广东机场管理局将开通更多国际航线

an inheritor shows her guangxiu embroidery techniques at the promotion event held after the opening ceremony of the 24th world route development forum on sept 16. [photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

guangzhou

广州

the activities were held to promote guangzhou to the participants. baiyun airport looks set to continue as guangdong’s largest airport, with shenzhen seeing around 45 million passengers in 2017.

活动旨在向参加者宣传广州。2017年深圳机场的客流量将达到4500万人次,白云机场有望继续成为广东省最大的机场。

gd airport authority to open more intl routes广东机场管理局将开通更多国际航线

expats enjoy cantonese delicacy on sept 16 at the promotion event. [photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

guangzhou is just the third chinese city to hold the world route development forum after beijing and shanghai and just the 24th city in the world to host the prestigious event.

广州是继北京和上海之后第三个举办世界航路发展论坛的中国城市,也是全球第24个举办世界航路发展论坛的城市。

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