This New Website Translates Taobao into English

By Lucas dos Santos, March 24, 2016

8 0

If you’re reading this, you probably already know about Taobao. If you don’t, it's the internet’s mightiest marketplace, with over 800 million products in stock — some of them totally bizarre. And we gather that if unless you’re Chinese or otherwise fluent in Mandarin, you’re generally daunted by this immense and dense domain, and might struggle to navigate its not-so-straightforward interface. It’s not uncommon to hear fellow laowai saying they just relied on a Chinese friend to make a purchase.

Well worry no more, because Baopals was tailor-made for you. 

Is it Taobao translated into English? Well, yes, but you could just as easily do that on your browser. What Baopals does instead is reconfigure the interface, making it sleek and approachable, and compartmentalizing all that miscellanea into 16 categories. Game status: changed.

Baopals translates Taobao into English for you

But all the regular search tools are still at your disposal, and prices are updated in real time. The payment and delivery are still the same — no need to sign up for additional third-party whatevers, and payments can be made on WeChat Wallet, UnionPay or Alipay. 

Baopals is still in beta, but you can already do a lot, and their team is readily available to assist with your queries.

In the words of Baopals: “We want our Christopher Walken masks for 49 Yuan and we don’t want to have to go through hell and high water to get it.” You’re goddamn right we don’t.

[Image via Webpresence]

more news

12 Great Online Shopping Deals for 12/12

Take advantage of these awesome 12/12 e-commerce deals on electronics, household essentials, apparel and more.

11 Amazing 11/11 Online Shopping Deals for Singles Day 2017

Take advantage of these amazing Single's Day deals on electronics, household essentials and apparel from Taobao and Tmall with the help of Baoapals.

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2017 Live Stream: How to Watch Online in China

How to watch the full Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Shanghai 2017 online in China.

Where Will Technology Take Fashion?

Seamless integration, wearable tech. A preview of what's to come when technology meets fashion.

Cambridge Satchel Company Launches New Range on Tmall

Founder Julie Deane OBE discusses the appeal of British brands in China, as the popular brand launches its new range on Tmall.

Louis Vuitton Sues Counterfeit Sellers on Taobao

The famous French brand seeks compensation for retailers selling counterfeit goods on Taobao.

The Best Shopping Streets in China

A look at the best, and worst, of China's shopping streets.

Popular Chinese Grocery App Launches English Version

Grocery shopping just got easier (read: lazier) with the launch of YiHaoDian’s English app.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at thatsonline for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in China With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday

Subscribe

Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Magazines!

Visit the archives

Get the App. Your essential China city companion.