Hi my name is Carolina Noguera, Colombian, I’m doing my masters in Fashion at Shanghai’s Donghua University, and I’m a shopaholic.


Did you ever dream about a guy that comes to your doorstep dressed up in a uniform carrying a box packed with all those things you miss from back home? Well this guy actually exists and he delivers for free and you can pay him in cash so keep reading.

Either if you’ve been living in China for a long time or you just landed, shopping is a common issued among the foreign students, home cravings are too expensive, malls are totally “maibuqi”, going to Carrefour is and endless journey packed with frustration and anger, without mentioning the mixed feelings you get once you hit the “imported products” section and you start wondering about prices and fantasize about all those delicious things you used to eat back home.

This guide is intended to make your life easier and more enjoyable while living in China.

And you don’t have to break the piggy bank, work illegally teaching English, or dance for a couple RMB in a NightClub, because I’m here to show how to make the most of your budget so you don’t restrain yourself from those little pleasures that you love while doing your studies in China, and no, you don’t even need to know Chinese! yay

So sit tight because there’s a lot to learn!


Step One
Online shopping with little or no Chinese (if you can actually read Chinese please skip to step two)

So basically your Chinese skills are pretty limited or non-existing, or you just feeling lazy because let’s be honest some days you just do not want to look at Chinese characters like at all, as a vampire who can’t stand the daylight, sometimes I get the same with Hanzi , but do not fear my friend because Google Chrome is here to save your life.

Google Chrome allows to browse any website with the option of translating. So the first you need to do is download it and install it in your computers, some users have reported issues with the regular installer so I’m giving you the link to the offline installation.

Here’s the link to install Google Chrome on your computer.


This is how it looks like once you open the link, just hit the accept and install button and you’re good to go.

fig 1 Chrome



So once you have Google Chrome install, let’s give it a try, type in your browser www.amazon.cn

As you can see, as Chrome detects the website just below the address / bookmarks bar, you the language that website is in and the option to translate it, this is how the website looks like in Chinese.

fig 2-1 amazon



Once you hit the translate button, Chrome will do all its magic and will turn those hieroglyphics into a language that your eyes and brain are able to decipher.

fig 2 amazon



Step Two
I can read / write Chinese or I’m just brave, Give me the juice!

Lesson1    Amazon

I’m starting with the website that I lost my virginity to Online Shopping in China, so the first thing you need to do is go to www.amazon.cn , in the upper left corner right next to the Amazon logo is a link that says 我的亚马逊 click on it,

wo de amaxin

This is the window you’re going to get which shows the registration page, if you can read this awesome just fill the fields and complete your registration, if not the first field is your email, or cellphone number, on the second field, you should check “我是一个新客户” which means I’m a new customer, just follow the instructions to complete your registration.



Ok I’m registered how do I shop?
So you finished your registration, now just go to www.amazon.cn an on the top box you’re gonna type what you want to buy, It’s super easy let’s say I’m going to buy imported milk, just go to Google Translate and type imported milk and translate it into Chinese “进口 牛奶”, the image below the results you would get for imported milk, you can narrow your search by category and price if you want, one you have found one that you like all you have to do is to click on the yellow button to add it to your cart.


Ok I got everything I’m going to buy, now what do I do?
Now just click on your cart (upper right part of your screen) seewhat’s inside, check quantities, and then click again on the yellow button to proceed to check out.


Here’s you add your delivery address, the payment method, you can choose cash on delivery, amazon will give you an expected date of delivery, you can choose if you want day time or night time, you can even pick a specific time to get your merchandise delivered to you.

After you’re done with everything, just click on the yellow button, to place your order



There you go, you’re order has been placed, now you just have to wait to get the good delivered to your house

placed order


Now that you’re familiar with online shopping you can give it a try to my recommended websites



I hope this guide is useful to you I know I didn’t describe the process in detail but I think is kind of intuitive.

Thanks for reading me.