The starting point of becoming a Taobao shopper is registering for an account at Taobao.com. (If you’ve decided to use exclusively a Taobao agent rather than shopping directly, a Taobao.com registration will not be necessary.) To register, you will need your e-mail address and your mobile phone number.
1) Go to https://world.taobao.com/. Don’t be put off by the Chinese characters!
2) In the top horizontal bar of the page, find the REGISTER(注册) character. Its position is marked in red in the photo above.
3) Click on this REGISTER character:
4) The next screen shows a pop-up of Chinese characters. Click on the orange field in the middle and the pop-up will disappear.
By clicking the orange bar, you are, for the moment, agreeing with the “Registration Agreement Consent”.
5) Click on the radio button ENGLISH (green arrow) – right side of screen, Illustration in 4).
6) Now the screen appears in English. Enter your e-mail address and pull the “Verification” bar from left to right with a left-click mouse hold.
7) A CAPTCHA now appears. (If you cannot decipher the chicken-scratch to enter it in the box, re-load with the “refresh” arrow.)
8) Check the box that says CREATE YOUR ALIPAY ACCOUNT BY YOUR TAOBAO ACCOUNT. (This is where you can read the T&C in English.)
9) Click on the orange NEXT bar.
10) On the “Verify Mobilephone” screen (see illustration below), choose the country where your mobile phone is registered from the drop-down. Enter your mobile number (no spaces, no hyphens, no parentheses).
11) You will receive an SMS verification code on your mobile. Enter it within 60 seconds as instructed on the next screen. Tabao.com then sends a Confirmation Mail to your designated e-mail mailbox. (Check Junk Mail if you don’t see it immediately, otherwise you can request a repeat e-mail.) Complete your registration as the e-mail instructs. It should look something like this:
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12) Now you’re on your way! Once you’ve completed the registration process, you can log-in from the Taobao.com homepage and begin your taobao shopping journey.I have written another step by step guide on how to shop on taobao.you can read it here.