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It is the busiest time of the year at Nguyen Thien Kam Wan’s goods store in Dongxing, a Chinese border city in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
Ahead of Singles’ Day, China’s annual shopping bonanza, the Vietnamese businesswoman had been shipping Vietnamese specialties to Chinese buyers, who placed orders for more than 2,000 bags of dried jackfruit alone.
“It [Singles’ Day] is larger than our sales in a normal month,” she said.
For many years, Nguyen Thien Kam Wan has crossed the border from the Vietnamese city of Mong Cai to Dongxing every morning, before returning home to Vietnam after the working day is over.
She received less than $100 a day Xinhua
Several Vietnamese vendors from the Vietnamese city of Mong Cai, just across the China-Vietnam border, sell goods in Dongxing, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region during the National Day holiday.