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  • Entertainment, Hospitality
    November 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Red chips: Is gambling in the cards for China?

    Mahjong Style.

    “Put one and a half Chinese together and you will find gambling“ says Fong See, patriarch and protagonist of On Gold Mountain, a Chinese family history. Fong made the observation in 1920, but it still holds true. Gambling has been banned on the Mainland since 1949, but the action lived on, initially in neighborhood mahjong parlors and more recently in Macao's glittering casinos. With all the talk of bankrupt local governments, capital flight, and the need to boost private consumption—legalizing gambling in the People's Republic might be too good to be true.  ...Read More

  • Hospitality, Lifestyle, Trends
    October 24, 2012 | 3 Comments

    Starbucks China: Wake up and smell the pastry

    Starbucks breakfast. App and running.

    China is the world's largest grocery market and one of the top three markets for fast food. Over the past two decades, Western staples like ice cream, coffee, and hamburgers became integral parts of China's urban diet. One slice of the local market has so far been impervious to foreign charms - the Chinese breakfast. Some pundits explain this by referring to culture and the sticky appeal of rice porridge. But a recent experiment by Starbucks might prove that China's breakfast is there for the taking.  ...Read More

  • Hospitality, Trends, Wellness
    July 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Excess baggage: China’s pregnant travel industry

    AsiaM Child's web site...

    If you can only have one child, you better do it properly. And in China, a thing is not done properly unless you get the most out of it. A growing number of Chinese mothers are traveling to the US and other countries to give birth to their first child, or to mitigate the risks of having a second one. But this is old news. Interestingly, and not surprisingly, a whole industry has grown around China's flying mothers, offering elaborate travel packages that cost hundreds of thousands of RMB.  ...Read More

  • Hospitality, Trends, Wellness
    July 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Losing face: Chinese girls on Korean beauty sprees

    Korea's Girls Generation. Supporting local industry.

    As we are typing these words, hundreds of Chinese girls are planning their first or even second holiday in Korea. Most of the trip will be spent in hospital, but the young travelers will happily pay a full price. After all, a pretty face is worth much more than a few hundred thousand RMB. Outbound plastic surgery tourism is on the rise in China, catering mostly to girls who aspire to look like (allegedly) upgraded celebrities like Fan Bingbing or Babrbie Xu. Next door Korea, famous for its doctors and unnatural beauties, is the obvious destination.  ...Read More

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