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Shopping Asia's new pastime 購物是亞洲新娛樂

Shopping just for shopping's sake has become a “national pastime” for many Asian countries, a global online survey has said. The shoppers in seven of the top 10 markets where most people shop once a week for fun all hail from the region.

The survey of 22,000 Internet users in 42 markets found that 74 percent of the world's consumers admit to shopping as entertainment when they do not need anything.

Singaporeans, Hong Kongers and Thais rank the highest in the world for shopping twice a week just to have something to do.

In Singapore, nine out of 10 respondents claimed to go shopping for entertainment. It was also the only Asian country aside from Japan among the top 10 countries where people found shopping for clothes ”therapeutic.”

One-third of the people surveyed in China and one-fifth in India said shopping for clothes was their favorite activity.

“Shopping has become a national pastime in many Asian countries and is so entrenched in the lifestyles of Thais, Hong Kongers and Singaporeans that governments have wisely turned this characteristic into a major tourism attraction,” said Ashok Charan, who helped make the survey.

He said that shopping malls in parts of Asia have become “entertainment destinations” with movie theaters, restaurants and sports centers.

Many cities where shopping is popular have started making plans to improve their shopping districts to attract more tourists. (AFP)





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1. hail from v. phr.

來自 (lai2 zi4)

例: Olympic athletes hail from countries all over the world.


2. therapeutic adj.

有療效的 (you3 liao2 xiao4 de5)

例: When my back hurts, I find a hot bath to be therapeutic.


3. entrenched adj.

根深柢固的 (gen1 shen1di4 gu4 de5)

例: After I saw the horror movie, the image of the monster was so entrenched in my mind that I couldn't sleep that night.


4. characteristic n.

特色 (te4 se4)

例: Politeness and good manners are two characteristics of Taiwanese society.






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