Ti­betans tak­ing to on­line shop­ping

China Daily (Canada) - - TIBET - By PALDEN NY­IMA in Lhasa and YANG WANLI in Beijing

2014 has been a busy year for 28-year-old Tang Xian­lin, a de­liv­ery­man in Lhasa, cap­i­tal of the Ti­bet au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

On av­er­age, he has about 100 parcels to de­liver. His work­load dou­bles, some­times triple that av­er­age dur­ing the an­nual sea­son for on­line shop­ping spree, which usu­ally starts on Nov 11, also known as the Sin­gles’ Day.

Dec 12 is another oc­ca­sion when e-com­merce plat­forms would launch another new sales bo­nanza Tang would have to recharge his cell­phone twice to call re­cip­i­ents.

Tang said the num­ber of items re­quir­ing de­liv­ery each day has in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly from 2013. As it takes a rel­a­tively long time for prod­ucts to be­come avail­able in Ti­bet, e-com­merce, and on­line shop­ping in par­tic­u­lar, has boomed in the re­gion in re­cent years, play­ing an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant role in daily life.

“Most items we de­liver are from on­line shop­ping, such as cloth­ing, shoes and elec­tronic prod­ucts,” Tang said.

“Thanks to im­proved pub­lic trans­porta­tion, the lo­gis­tics in­dus­try is grow­ing fast in Ti­bet as a re­sult of the dra­matic in­crease in e-com­merce.”

Ti­bet has

over­taken

PHO­TOS BY PALDEN NY­IMA / CHINA DAILY

Tang Xian­lin, 28, a de­liv­ery­man for Shen­tong Ex­press Lhasa, has been very busy this sea­son, as on­line or­ders soared.

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