While a handful of expat entrepreneurs try to bring innovation from their country to China, this startup builds on the success of one of China’s largest companies and adapts it to expat tastes.

Taobao, one of the largest consumer-to-consumer e-commerce platforms in the world, lets users buy all kinds of products, such as clothes, gadgets, and even temporary boyfriends.

However, the website is only available in Chinese, which makes it difficult for foreigners to purchase and browse items. There are are also various other barriers to foreigners such as communicating with sellers and delivery men, and figuring out payment options.

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com