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Portraits Showcase The Appeal Of Online Shopping Across China

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 11/11/2015 Alexandra Ma

From the vast steppes of Inner Mongolia to a snowy village in Harbin city, online shopping is making the world a little smaller.

In January, Chinese photographer Huang Qingjun traveled across the country and asked families to pose next to everything they had every bought on Taobao, a popular Chinese e-commerce site owned by Internet giant Alibaba.

Today, almost 60 percent of people in China shop online -- compared to just over 30 percent in 2009, according to a 2015 Statista report. Last year, on "Singles Day" on Nov. 11 -- China's version of Cyber Monday shopping day -- online sales on Alibaba alone exceeded $9 billion.

By documenting how different people shop online, Huang learned a little about their lives, too. "For people living in remote areas, Internet shopping is a lifeline to the outside world -- a way to access a host of products that would never be seen where they live," Huang said.

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