Foreigners buy English couplets to celebrate Chinese Spring Festival
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On China's biggest consumer online shopping platform Taobao, there are dozens of shops selling several kinds of couplets in English.
A typical one reads "eat well, sleep well, have fun day by day" and "study good, work good, make money more and more".
Yu Runrun, who owns a Beijing shop, expects to sell about 600 sets of English couplets during the holiday season.
"I began to sell English couplets four years ago, when I saw a friend from the Inner Mongolia autonomous region hanging couplets hand-lettered in the Mongolian language during Spring Festival," said Yu.
"Most of our buyers are young people who want to look cool and are willing to pay extra for fashionable things," Yu said, adding that some send the couplets to foreign friends as gifts.
"Foreigners living in China also buy the English couplets to celebrate the festival," said the 33-year-old Beijinger.
[The audio clip is from Studio+, produced by CRI]
(News source: China Daily)