The on-demand economy is growing fast in China. Though the Chinese authorities are interfering with some services, such as private car hailing, internet-enabled marketplaces for freelances are clearly an unstoppable trend. In first-tier and some second-tier Chinese cities, citizens are able to hire personal chefs (Shaofanfan, Whichef), photographers (Douban’s Yipaiyi), cleaning ladies (ayibang1jiajie), and driving instructors (58Peilian).

There are also some services that may be only popular in China or Asia. Private car rental platform Jieqinwang targets the niche segment in need of wedding fleets. As well visiting consumers at their homes, manicurists on Helijia can also work in a fancy van travelling around big Chinese cities such as Shanghai and Beijing.

58.com, a leading classified ads website, has tapped into the on-demand market by launching 58Daojia (Daojia meaning ‘arriving at home’). It so far supplies cleaning ladies and house-moving workers.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com