After facing several roadblocks, international fans can now get your hands on a copy of the 2016 calendar!
After some discussion, Zhongbao, the Chinese distributor of the calendar, has kindly made the calendar available for international shipping on Taobao. As we mentioned previously, the calendar is being produced in Korea, Japan and China by different companies in their respective languages. Hence, Zhongbao will only be selling the China version of the calendar which is printed in Chinese.
Proceeds from the sale of the Chinese version of the calendar will be used to open a bakery for the Children Are Us Foundation (喜憨兒基金會), a Taiwan charity organisation that provides lifelong care and education for children with mental disorders. The bakery is one of several run by the organisation as a means to equip these children with valuable work skills.
To thank everyone for your contribution, each calendar will be packaged with a cookie baked by the children. However, this cookie will not be included in the package for international orders due to practical reasons and custom regulations on food imports.
Sale of the calendar has already begun, and there are only 1,000 sets available. It is not clear if the distributor will decide to produce more though if it gets sold out.
The calendar costs 130 yuan (Chinese Renminbi). The price of the calendar is the same as the Korea and Japan versions. Unfortunately, the shipping cost for the calendar from China to overseas is fairly expensive, so Zhongbao recommends that fans buy in bulk to save on shipping costs. If you know of fellow fans living in the same country as you, you may want to try consolidating orders among yourselves. Of course, you are also allowed to buy the calendar as an individual, which is more convenient.
Please note that Ji Chang Wook’s Kitchen is not able to help with bulk orders, neither will we be able to order on your behalf. We also cannot handle your currency conversion. As our site caters to an international audience, it is simply not feasible for us to take orders from people all over the world.
Taobao Ordering Guide
We are aware that not all our readers understand Chinese, so here is a simple tutorial on the ordering process. Google Translate will come in handy.
- Click this link (http://world.taobao.com/item/524258196845.htm?) to go to the calendar purchase page.
- Choose the country that you want to ship to. The system should be able to detect your country based on your login information
- If your country is not displayed there or displayed incorrectly, click on the arrow for a drop down list of destinations. Click on “international (国际)” to ship outside of China.
- Once you select “international”, you will be shown another list of countries to choose from (refer to screenshot below). If your country is not on the list, click on “others”. When you are done selecting the destination, click on “buy now”.
- After clicking “buy now,” you will be directed to the order page. Fill up the information accordingly. We suggest that you use Google Translate to find out how your country’s name is written in Chinese so that you can find it on the list.
6. After you have saved your shipping information, your page should look like this. If everything is correct, click on the big orange button to submit your order. If you had left the page idle for too long, you will get a message saying that your session has timed-out, and you have to submit your order again.
7. After submitting, you will be directed to the Alipay page to key in your payment details. If you do not have an Alipay account, you will be asked to create one. After you have logged in to your Alipay account, you will be offered various options for payment. If this is your first time using credit card payment on Alipay, you will be asked to fill in your credit card information. The list of payment options differ by country, so the options on your screen may be different from what you see in my screenshot.
8. Once you’ve confirmed your payment information, submit and your order should be processed successfully!
We hope this guide will be of some help to you. We’ve tried our best to be as clear as possible in the guide, but as with most technology, the system may work differently for different people, so we can’t address every single scenario. Some initiative may be required on your part, since we are quite busy and may not be able to answer your question. You should always consult Google Translate if you can’t read the Chinese words. Good luck and thanks for your cooperation!
24 Nov update:
Zhongbao will only mail out the calendars at the end of November.