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Chinese consumers snap up goodies on Singles' Day shopping fest******
HANGZHOU/BEIJING, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- With orders pouring in at midnight Wednesday, this year's Singles' Day shopping spree peaked on multiple e-commerce platforms in China.。
This year marks the largest Singles' Day shopping festival on Tmall, with a record 290,000 brands participating and more than 14 million types of commodities offering discounts, according to the company.。
To cater to growing demand from Chinese consumers, presales for this year's Singles' Day shopping spree -- also known as the Double Eleven shopping festival -- began at 8 p.m. on Oct. 20 on Tmall and consumers were allowed to pay for the balance of the pre-sold goods on Nov. 1.。
From Nov. 1 to 12:45 a.m. Thursday, sales of 411 small and medium brands with turnover exceeding 1 million yuan (about 156,000 U.S. dollars) during last year's event on Tmall, surpassed the 10-million yuan threshold.。
Number of brands that saw a turnover of more than 100 million yuan on Tmall reached 382 during the period, including Huawei, Apple and Chinese sportswear brand Erke.。
Between 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2:09 p.m. Thursday, the total value of orders on JD.com, another Chinese e-commerce giant, hit a new record of over 311.4 billion yuan.。
This is also the greenest Singles' Day shopping festival on JD.com, which introduced various measures, including developing recyclable packaging, deploying new-energy cargo vans and using photovoltaic power generation in warehousing, to lower carbon emission and the impact on environment. As a result, the amount of carbon emissions slashed stood at 26,000 tonnes as of Thursday noon.。
The annual event was launched by Alibaba's e-commerce platform on Nov. 11, 2009, and quickly grew into a major shopping spree. Enditem。
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East China city logs over 10 billion express parcels******
HANGZHOU, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- As of Nov. 12, Jinhua City, east China's Zhejiang Province, had logged more than 10 billion express parcels this year, the country's first to reach such a massive delivery volume.。
The data was released on Wednesday by the local postal authorities. Currently, about 30.4 million parcels are delivered from Jinhua to corners worldwide every day.。
Meanwhile, the average annual growth of the city's express sector exceeded 55 percent. To date, Jinhua's total scale of express delivery accounts for about one-tenth of the country and half of Zhejiang.。
In 2020, the city's express delivery raked in approximately 28.4 billion yuan (about 4.4 billion U.S. dollars), providing a solid foundation for online retail businesses of physical goods worth over 1.1 trillion yuan.。
On Nov. 10, one day before the country's annual shopping spree, Jinhua announced that all its villages were accessible to China's express delivery services.。
Jinhua, which also administers the county-level city of Yiwu, known as the world's supermarket and China's major e-commerce hub, has been striving to develop a digital economy, online retailing, and cross-border e-commerce over the years. E-commerce giants home and abroad have been attracted to the city to build their own storage.。
China's annual "Double Eleven" festival, which falls on Nov. 11, was first started by Alibaba's e-commerce platform in 2009 and quickly grew into a major shopping event. Enditem。
Queen Elizabeth II spent night in hospital for tests: palace******
In this photo taken on October 14, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waves as she leaves after attending the ceremonial opening of the sixth Senedd, the Welsh Parliament, in Cardiff, Wales.
Queen Elizabeth II spent a night in hospital for tests after being forced to cancel a visit to Northern Ireland this week, Buckingham Palace said on Thursday.
"Following medical advice to rest for a few days, The Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today (Thursday), and remains in good spirits," a statement said.
Britain's domestic Press Association news agency said the trip to the hospital had been kept under wraps because it was expected to be a short stay, and also to protect the 95-year-old monarch's privacy.
The overnight stay was for "practical reasons," it added.
The palace made the announcement after The Sun newspaper broke the news.
The tabloid said it was decided she should stay at the private King Edward VII's Hospital in central London because it was too late to make the 42-kilometer trip back to Windsor.
She has previously been treated at the exclusive clinic, which is known for treating the royal family, including in 2013 for gastroenteritis, when she also stayed for one night.
In 2003, surgeons at the hospital removed minor non-cancerous growths from her face and operated on her knee, while in 1982 had a wisdom tooth extracted.
The Queen's late husband, Prince Philip, spent four weeks from February this year for treatment for a pre-existing heart condition. He died in April, just a few weeks before his 100th birthday.
The head of state, who has been on the throne since 1952 and is Britain's longest-serving monarch, was said to be back at her desk on Thursday afternoon, undertaking light duties.
She had been due to attend an ecumenical service in the border town of Armagh on Thursday to mark the 100th centenary of the creation of Northern Ireland.
But the palace said on Wednesday morning she had "reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days."
The decision was not related to the coronavirus and she was said to have been resting at Windsor.
The Queen, who still rides and drives on her private estates, has had a busy schedule since returning from her remote Balmoral estate in northeast Scotland at the start of October.
But news that she had an overnight stay in hospital will inevitably raise fears for her health, given her advanced age, and questions about whether she should slow down further.
Next year she is due to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee to mark 70 years on the throne.
Last week, she delivered a speech at the opening of the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff, and at the weekend spent a day at Ascot racecourse.
On Monday, she held a virtual audience with the new governor-general of New Zealand, and on Tuesday received two ambassadors, also by videolink.
On Tuesday evening, she hosted a reception at Windsor for international business leaders attending a government investment summit, including the billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, and senior British ministers.
At that reception, the Queen appeared cheerful as she, her eldest son and heir Prince Charles, 72, and grandson Prince William, 39, mingled with guests, none of whom were wearing face masks.