#49 What is it like to order takeaway in China? 在中国点外卖是怎样的体验?

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你平时喜欢自己做饭,还是出去吃饭,还是点外卖呢?我现在住在英国,我通常自己做饭,因为可以省钱。但是,我还在中国的时候,我常常出去吃饭,也经常点外卖。因为在中国,出去吃饭和点外卖都比较便宜,尤其是点外卖,实在是太方便了。今天,我们一起来聊一聊,在中国点外卖是怎样的体验。

在中国有很多外卖的软件,也就是app,比如美团,饿了么,等等。在这些外卖的软件上有很多外卖餐馆,人们可以在这些外卖平台上点外卖。点了外卖以后,外卖员,在中国,他们叫“骑手“。外卖员,“骑手”会很快地把外卖送到。在外卖平台,你可以点各种各样的菜,中餐和西餐都有。你甚至还可以点火锅,一些餐馆会把锅一起送到你的家。一天二十四小时,你都可以点外卖。你可以早饭点外卖,午饭点外卖,晚饭点外卖,甚至夜宵也可以点外卖。

为什么在中国这么多人点外卖呢?第一,因为中国的人很多,劳动力比较便宜,所以给外卖骑手的服务费也比较便宜。我在英国点外卖,服务费至少要三英镑,但是在中国,可能不到三元。第二,在中国,午饭时间和午休时间比较长,通常,人们中午十二点休息,下午两点上班。很多上班族都喜欢中午点外卖,因为既便宜又方便。

当然在很多国家都有外卖,但是在中国点外卖有什么不一样呢?我问了两个朋友,他们在中国和西方国家都生活过很久,也都点过外卖。我们一起来听一听他们是怎么说的吧!

“肯定不是价钱不一样啊!在国内点外卖,有很多那种“满减”呀,“红包”呀,在这边(英国)就很少吧,除了Uber,偶尔有50%的折扣。而且中国点外卖的话,基本上也就半个小时就送到呀,超时的话外卖是免这个钱的,但是据我为数不多的点外卖的经验来讲,这边(英国)外卖起步都要等个四十五分钟到一个小时,很慢。”

我的这位朋友说,在中国点外卖有很多“满减”,“红包”。“满减”,比如说你点了50元的菜,会减少10元,“some special offer when you spend enough”。“红包”,意思是red envelope,但这不是春节的时候发的红包,是一些外卖的软件发的“红包”,人们在点外卖的时候可以有一些优惠。“满减”和“红包”都是一种优惠,discount。她也说,在中国点外卖很快,而且如果超时,run over time,人们是不需要付钱的。

 “(欧美国家)外卖配送员,他们的工资的水平,以及他们的职业受尊敬的程度,可能会不一样啊,这个劳动力的这个成本,我认为欧美可能会更高,再加上国外的这个外卖员也经常得到小费,但是在中国是没有小费的这个文化和习惯。还有就是中国外卖的用户体验度肯定会更好,因为比方说非常晚你都可以叫到夜宵,然后哪怕是人比较少的地方,比较偏远的地方也能叫到外卖。”

这位朋友说,在欧美国家,送外卖会更受尊敬,因为在欧美国家,劳动力的成本更高,他们也可以得到小费。但是在中国点外卖更方便,哪怕住在人很少的地方也能点外卖,也会有人愿意送过来。

好啦,今天的MaoMi Chinese 就先到这里。你是一个喜欢点外卖的人吗?如果有一天你去到中国,一定要体验一下中国非常方便的点外卖服务哦!

Hello everyone. Welcome back to MaoMi Chinese!

Do you normally like cooking for yourself, eating out or ordering takeaway? I am now living in the UK and I usually cook for myself because it can save money. However, when I was still in China I often order ate out also ordered takeaway because in China they are cheaper. Especially ordering a takeaway is so cheap. Today let’s talk about what it is like to order takeaway in China!

In China, there are many takeaway apps, for example, Meituan, Elema, and so on. On these takeaway apps, there are many takeaway restaurant restaurants, and people can order takeaway from these platforms. After that, the deliverer will soon deliver the takeaway. On takeaway platforms, you can order all kinds of food. They have both Chinese food and western food. You can even order a Chinese hot pot. Some restaurants will deliver the pot with it to your home. In 24 hours every day, you can always order takeaway. You can order it for breakfast, for lunch, for dinner, and even for a second dinner.

Why there are so many people ordering takeaway? Firstly, there are lots of people in China and the labour force is cheaper. Therefore, the service fees given to deliverers are also cheaper. When I ordered takeaway in China, the service fees would take at least 3 pounds, but in China, they wouldn’t be more than 3 RMB. Secondly, in China, lunchtime and lunch break is longer. Normally, people can take a break from 12, and get back to work at 2. Many people who work love to order takeaway at lunchtime, because it’s both cheap and convenient.

Of course, there is a takeaway service in many countries, but what’s the difference in China? I asked 2 friends who have both lived in China as well as western countries for a long, and have ordered takeaway. Let’s listen to what they said!

“Of course the price is different! In China we order takeaway, there are many special offers if you spend enough, and some kind of red envelope. Here (she means in the UK) is not much, apart from Uber which occasionally offers 50% off. Also in China, if we order takeaway it basically takes half an hour to be delivered. If it runs over time it’s free. However, according to my limited experience of ordering takeaway here (UK), it takes at least 45 minutes or an hour. Very slow.”

My friend said that in China there are many ‘special offer if you spend enough’ and ‘red envelope’.  ‘Special offer if you spend enough’, for example, if you order food of 50 yuan, you will pay 10 yuan less.  ‘Red envelope’ is not the one people give out in Spring festival, and it was given by the apps. People can have some discounts when they order takeaway. ‘Special offer’ and ‘red envelope’ are both discounts. She also said that in China ordering takeaway can be very quick/efficient and if runs over time, people don’t need to pay.

“(In European countries and America) takeaway deliverers’ salary and the respect they receive might be different. I think that the cost of the labour force is higher in these countries. Plus that the takeaway deliverers often get tips, but in Chinese culture, there aren’t any tips. Also, customer experience is better regarding ordering takeaway in China, because you can order a second dinner even it’s really late. And even if in somewhere with little people and remote, you can also order takeaway.”

This friend said that in European countries and America, delivering takeaway is more respected, because in these countries the cost of labour is higher and they can get tips. However, it’s more convenient to order takeaway in China even in places with not many people, and there will be some deliverers who are happy to deliver it.

That’s all about MaoMi Chinese today. Are you a takeaway person? One day if you go to China, do try the super convenient takeaway service!

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