17 September 2019
A girl finds some relief from the soaring temperature at a fountain in Shanghai. Photo: Reuters
A girl finds some relief from the soaring temperature at a fountain in Shanghai. Photo: Reuters

Food deliveries, part-time maids in demand as China sizzles

Chinese authorities have issued an emergency level-two nationwide heat alert as temperatures in many parts of the country hit record highs, Xinhua news agency reported Monday.

On the other hand, the hot weather has boosted sales for many online services as people prefer to stay at home, the report said.

The national heat alert covers 10 provinces in eastern and central China, including Shandong, Anhui, Jiangsu, Henan, Shaanxi, Hebei, Zhejiang, Shanghai, Chongqing and Jiangxi, according to the meteorological bureau.

Most cities in these provinces have experienced temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and some regions even saw temperatures of 40C, the report said.

Meanwhile, the summer heat wave has stimulated demand for food deliveries, part-time domestic helpers and online fruit and vegetable stores.

For example, one journalist tried to call in orders for restaurants in Jingsong district in Beijing, and the waiting time for delivery has been extended to 80 to 95 minutes in recent days.

And some restaurants are forced to raise up the salaries of delivery personnel to 1,500 yuan (US$241) to cope with rising demand for phoned-in and online orders, the report quoted a restaurant owner as saying.

Also, the demand for part-time domestic helpers has soared by 20 percent recently, and their monthly income now comes close to 5,000 yuan, as more households would prefer to hire part-time helpers to clean the house and prepare meals under such hot weather.

Online shopping for fruits and vegetables has become a new trend among youngsters this summer. Online orders for fruits and vegetables have surged 40 percent recently on Womai, an online shopping site from COFCO, the report said.

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