Valentines’ Day sales find way into romantic hearts of Chinese online shoppers

Source:Global Times Published: 2019/2/14 20:53:42

A pedestrian passes by a car that shows the entry for Valentine's Day and a heart shape drawn on the snow-blanketed hood on Thursday in Beijing. Photo: VCG

The "romance economy" seems blossoming in China on Valentines' Day, which fell on Thursday.

Flowers remain the most popular gift on Valentine's Day. A total of 500,000 flowers from farms in Southwest China's Yunnan Province were sold on online platform Taobao's shopping channel Juhuasuan within three days. 

Aside from the ever-popular roses, sales of tulips increased 130 percent compared with the previous year. They become one favorable choice among young people.

There's been a gender reversal in the past two years when it comes to flower-buyers on Taobao. 

This year, 60 percent were female; in 2017, men dominated the sector at 70 percent.

On a more intimate note, according to figures released by online retail giant, the sales of condoms between February 4 and Tuesday rose 204.9 percent year-on-year.

East China's Jiangsu Province saw the highest Valentine's sales; Northwest China's Gansu Province reported the lowest numbers.

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