CON­SUMER PAR­ADISE

▶ Chi­nese peo­ple in Shang­hai share their opin­ions about China’s first im­port expo

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - FRONT PAGE - By Yao Ji­ay­ing

The first China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo (CIIE) is be­ing held from Novem­ber 5 to 10 in Shang­hai for global en­ter­prises to in­tro­duce their prod­ucts to the Chi­nese pub­lic. In ad­di­tion to high-end tech ex­hibits, there are also some daily prod­ucts for or­di­nary cit­i­zens, in­clud­ing elec­tronic ap­pli­ances, con­sumer goods, med­i­cal equip­ment, health­care ser­vice and food. The Global Times re­cently in­ter­viewed sev­eral Chi­nese res­i­dents in Shang­hai to ask what they hope to see at CIIE.

Con­sump­tion up­grade

Li Bi­han re­mem­bers that, many years ago, the first im­ported prod­uct she ever bought was a CD Walk­man from Ja­pan. To­day, Chi­nese con­sumers can eas­ily ob­tain the world’s high­est qual­ity prod­ucts for a fair price with­out ever step­ping foot out­side the coun­try.

“I am in­ter­ested in high-end AI prod­ucts and medicine,” Ding Xiaoli told the Global Times, adding that she is look­ing for­ward to new prod­ucts that she hasn’t ever seen be­fore, such as cos­met­ics from South Korea. She also men­tioned that the first im­ported prod­uct she ever bought was a pen from South Korea when she was still study­ing in school.

“Af­ter that, I brought so many im­ported prod­ucts that I can­not re­mem­ber them all clearly,” said Ding.

Zhao Lin said elec­tronic de­vices such as cell phones are on his list. Gong Shangt­ing said “I will prob­a­bly go there to buy some prod­ucts for my child.”

Liu Minghua, China in­no­va­tion spon­sor of Deloitte China, said in an in­ter­view with Wen­hui Daily in Septem­ber that Chi­nese con­sumers have started to pay closer at­ten­tion to the qual­ity of goods, con­tent, shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence, and other diver­si­fied needs, which has made con­sumer im­prove­ment one

Photo: Yang Hui/GT

Visi­tors ad­mire a sculp­ture ex­hib­ited in Egypt’s na­tional pavil­ion at the China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo on Wed­nes­day.

Ding Tao

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