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HP Launches Chinese Version of Online Photo Printing Services

HP's online photo printing service is now available in China at, allowing users to upload their digital pictures online and order prints. was launched during the National Day holiday last week. The word Kechayu combines the Chinese characters for the sound of a camera snapshot and the Chinese character for fish.

Users can now upload their pictures to their own online album after opening an account on the site, which has a promotion offering 20 free 4x6 photo prints and RMB 0.6 ($0.08) for each additional 4x6 print.

Users can also choose to print their pictures on items including mugs, posters, T-shirts and playing cards. There is no limit on picture size.

Besides the owner of the account, only those who are authorized by the owner may view the pictures.

Snapfish is one of the leading online picture printing service providers in the United States. It now has more than 40 million registered users worldwide and stores over 3 billion pictures through its online system.

"I think the China version of Snapfish will be a good platform to offer personalized products, such as T-shirts and mugs, to remember important occasions like weddings and birthdays for Chinese users," a user surnamed Cai who has used Snapfish's English version service told Interfax.