Watch out Airbnb and Airizu, your Chinese counterpart has arrived, finally. Ganji.com, one of the largest classified sites in China announced its vacation rental service Mayi.com to go online yesterday.

The service, which Ganji claimed investing US$ 20 million into, with a tagline of “Finding  A Home on the Road”, is aiming to build a platform to bridge the gap between the renters and landlords with a focus on short-term accommodation and vacation rental, a market first explored by San Francisco-based Airbnb. Founded in August 2008 by Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia, as of this July Airbnb which has raised US$ 120 million in total had over 100,000 listings in 16,000 cities and 186 countries.

According to Yang haoyong, CEO of Ganji, “On one hand, Mayi.com can help landlords tout for renters online then do the deal offline. On the other hand, it can guide renters through the house-picking process and then they can pay online. It’s a typical O2O (online to offline) service as you pay online and then consume offline. We believe in the future of combining O2O and short-term rental and that’s why Ganji invest heavily into the market. ”

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Ben Jiang

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