‘Kung Fu couriers’ ready for upcoming shopping spree

BY SILVI WRITER

 

Two young men from martial art schools in Dengfeng have been employed by a local courier company as part-time couriers ahead of the upcoming Nov 11 shopping spree, to improve the efficiency of delivery.

Dengfeng, located in central China’s Henan province, is home to the Shaolin Temple (少林寺), the birthplace of China’s Kung Fu tradition.

Photos above by VCG.

China’s “Double 11”, named after November 11, is set to attract more foreign consumers, as the online shopping festival “invented” by Alibaba has risen from obscurity the world’s biggest online extravaganza in less than ten years of time.

This year, there will be rising participation by overseas merchants and consumers to mark the event’s 10th anniversary, according to Alibaba Group Holding, the Chinese tech giant funded by business magnate Jack Ma.

“It’s turned into the ‘business Olympic Games’,” said Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang, who initiated the event in 2009. “The ‘Double 11’ event has become the biggest festival for merchants and consumers in China and across the world.”

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