Alibaba Group Holding debuts on the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Market on November 26.
Ten customer representatives from eight countries rang the bell at the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Market on Tuesday as Alibaba Group, China’s e-commerce giant, launched IPO.
Among them was Cui Yun, a rural resident in Jingde, East China’s Anhui province. She has helped her fellow villagers to do online shopping on Alibaba’s Tmall online retail platform for ten years.
After Cui helped one of her neighbors to buy a dress as early as 2010, the word that she is good at doing online shopping spread in her village. Villagers began to come to her once they wanted to buy things on the internet.
“Many elderly villagers are not able to use their mobile phones to shop online, so I want to help them.”
Cui has helped more than 400 people to buy daily necessities such as clothes, washing powder, farm tools and household appliances. Tens of thousands of yuan is spent each month.
“I don’t charge any fees. Just give a helping hand,” Cui said.
Some five years after it went public in New York, Alibaba made a debut in Hong Kong. The company invited ten customer representatives from eight countries in four continents to the bell-ringing ceremony on Tuesday. Cui was a representative of Chinese rural buyers.