First official purchase for my trek!
Silk sleeping bag liner purchased from Decathalon: 200rmb = $28.91usd.
I didn't buy anything substantial beyond a sleeping bag liner yesterday, simply because all of the descriptives are (of course) in Mandarin and I want to do a bit more research on each product, especially those that can make or break my trek: backpack, tent, sleeping bag. One of many great aspects about the modern tech here is that QR codes are used for everything everywhere, so I simply scan the item in which I hold interest and it is added to my Decathlon cart. They, like almost all retailers, have a mini-app for phones, so I can get every minute spec on the spot, or save it for later to research at home -- my exact intent. From there, I have the option to order it online and have it shipped to my house if I don't need to return to the store.
Another cool piece of tech is their self-check out box! It's relatively easy to use with a phone translator app that scans Mandarin into English in real time. Even with no app, a friendly clerk will offer guidance to move through the on-screen prompts and instructions! Each item is placed in the box one at a time, sliding it near the interior of the box which has built-in bar code scanning mechanisms. I believe that the box also serves as security against shoplifting by weighing the items before they are removed. Once the Decathlon member card is scanned, the option to purchase a reusable bag is offered. Even for someone like myself who cannot read Mandarin, it was quicker and less hassle than standing in a crowded check-out line! Sweet! One of many things I love about China is their phone app payment system and QR tech!