HANGZHOU, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- The number of parcels delivered this year reached 10 billion on Monday morning in east China's Zhejiang Province, home to e-commerce giant Alibaba.
The number in the first eight months was up 29 percent year on year, according to the provincial postal administration.
Last year, it took the province 11 months to reach the same number.
Hit by the COVID-19 epidemic, Zhejiang's courier delivery dropped 19.7 percent year on year in January and 7.5 percent in February by volume, said Chen Kai, head of the administration.
The rebound appeared in March and May saw explosive growth, with the delivery volume exceeding that of last November, the month of the Singles' Day shopping event. It is the largest shopping festival both online and offline in China, and is similar to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Amid economic recovery and the upcoming online shopping event, the number of parcels in Zhejiang this year is expected to exceed 15 billion, according to Chen. Enditem