Searching Taobao – No Chinese Required
If the stuff you want is not covered in our awesome guide to stuff to buy on Taobao, you will have to run a search. Here are a few quick tips to help you find good stuff.
First, support the Field Guide
You can support the Field Guide by using our Taobao search. It is easy – you can do it from our homepage, or take it with you to go! Learn more.
Just Search in English
About 90% of the time, a Taobao search with an English word will hit the mark. Many products on Taobao are labeled with both English and Chinese names. And a growing number are labeled with English names alone.
Use the English Name to Find the Chinese Name
You can also use an English-language search to help determine the Chinese name. This will often help you find more products so you have more choices.
For example, a search for “drill” comes up with less than 200 results. But two of the results give a clue to the Chinese name. We can copy/paste 电钻 back into Taobao to get over 7000 results.
Online Machine Translation
Machine translators are perfect for the quick and dirty work of finding keywords and product names. Google is also familiar with company and brand names. Check out our field guide on Tools to Translate Taobao into English.
Find Something Good?
If your search has turned up something that you want to buy, continue to our guide to how to buy stuff on Taobao. If your search has turned up something that you want to buy, continue to our guide to how to buy stuff on Taobao. Or if you want to become a master of the search, check out our tips for filtering your Taobao results to find the best choice.