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Lotus opens first showroom in China

British racing marque Lotus, which produces the iconic Lotus Elise sports car, has announced the opening of its first China showroom. The company launched the new showroom earlier this month, featuring six models that have previously only been available in China through other dealers. The Elise R, Elise SC, Evora, Evora IPS, Exige S 240 … Continued

Construction of Beijing’s tallest building starts

Construction has started on Beijing‘s tallest skyscraper, set to rise 500 metres and shaped like a vase, the state-owned CITIC group said Tuesday. The building is the latest in a surge of ambitious construction projects in the Chinese capital, which along with other cities in China is attracting cutting-edge international architects keen to push design … Continued

China’s Most Expensive flat no longer up for sale

The Beijing government has halted sales of the most expensive luxury apartment complex in the Chinese capital and launched an investigation into the developer for possible “profiteering”. The high-end penthouse in Beijing’s Haidian district had an asking price of more than 300 million yuan (US$46.2 million), or 300,000 yuan (US$46,300). Beijing’s housing authorities on 3 … Continued

Louis Vuitton exhibition in Beijing

Louis Vuitton may have lost prime advertising space in China when its giant suitcase was torn down in Shanghai, but it is now wooing customers in the hallowed halls of the national museum in Beijing. The Louis Vuitton Voyages exhibition, marking the French fashion house’s 20th year in China — the world’s fastest growing market … Continued

“Louis Vuitton Voyages” in Beijing – Video

Louis Vuitton announces their new Louis Vuitton Voyages exhibition, which opened on May 31st at the National Museum of China in Beijing, with this animated video. The “Louis Vuitton – Voyages” exhibition retraces the crowning moments in the history of the Maison, which since 1854, has beautifully paired form with function, creating travel items that … Continued

Absolut Art Collection in China

In the tradition of the company’s 30 years of creative collaborations, Absolut Vodka is touring 20 pieces of renowned artwork from the Absolut Art Collection in seven cities across the Asia Pacific region. The twenty pieces have been touring cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Dubai, Sydney and Seoul, and are now showing at Beijing’s Today … Continued

Burberry Beijing – Hologram Runway Show [video]

To celebrate the opening of its Beijing flagship store, Burberry staged its biggest runway show to date on April 13, at the Beijing Television Center. The fashion-meets-technology extravaganza featured Brit rockers Keane who had never before performed in the country, stunning lifelike holograms, and an impressive turnout of celebrities and top models on and off … Continued

Burberry’s Beijing show to be the brand’s biggest ever

British fashion house Burberry  is taking its runway presentations to new heights in Beijing April 13. The fashion-meets-technology extravaganza staged at the Beijing Television Center will feature British band Keane’s first performance in China, “life-like” holograms, and of course lots of coats on lots of top models. A teaser released on YouTube also states that … Continued

Diane von Furstenberg opens exhibit in Beijing

After vowing to increase her presence in the Chinese market a few years ago, Diane von Furstenberg has brought her “Journey of a Dress” exhibit to Beijing. The display that details her fashion house’s history opened to the public at the Pace Gallery on April 4 after having traveled Moscow and São Paulo, also known … Continued

Beijing targets luxury ads amid wealth gap

Beijing has banned outdoor advertising that promotes high-end lifestyles as the government seeks to ease public concerns about the country’s widening wealth gap. Businesses Have been given an April 15 deadline to rectify such ads, along with any that excessively promote “foreign” things. It gave no details on which “foreign” things were deemed objectionable. Such … Continued

China plans $1.3bn ‘seven-star hotel’

Beijing authorities plan to build a “seven-star hotel” modelled after Dubai’s Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building – in a $1.3 billion joint project with Saudi Arabia. The hotel will be erected in western Beijing‘s Mentougou district some 30 kilometres (18 miles) from the Chinese capital’s centre. The Saudi side is expected to foot … Continued

Versace pursues retail expansion in China

The Italian luxury house, which just opened a jewelry boutique in Beijing on December 10, has other imminent plans in the pipeline for China. The company will debut a new retail concept before Christmas in the Village North, a shopping complex in Sanlitun, an affluent area filled with shops and eateries. Additionally, Versace is planning … Continued

Hublot Signs Jet Li as Ambassador

Hublot opened its first flagship store in Beijing on Nov. 29, 2010 and announced Jet Lias the first Asian ambassador for its brand. The new Hublot store in Beijing has an area of 100 square meters and is located at the entrance of Wangfujing Street in the Oriental Plaza, one of the most prosperous iconic … Continued

Christian Louboutin To Open Beijing Store Next Year

French Luxury Shoemaker Christian Louboutin plans to open two stores in China next year, propelled by the rising incomes of Chinese shoppers. The first-ever Beijing standalone store is slated to open in July 2011, followed by a Shanghai boutique in December 2011. Louboutin said in a recent interview with Bloomberg that he may operate as … Continued

Hilton Opens China’s First Luxury Airport Hotel

Hilton Hotels has opened the first five-star airport hotel in China, at Beijing International Airport. The luxury hotel, which is close to the airport’s newest terminal three building, will cater to the rapidly increasing number of wealthy travelers in China. It contains 322 rooms and seven restaurants and bars, along with two full-size ballrooms and … Continued

Beijing Airport overtakes Heathrow as second-largest

Beijing International Airport has overtaken London Heathrow as the world’s second busiest, in a sign of China’s growing dominance of international travel. In terms of seat capacity, Beijing International is now second only to Atlanta Hartsfield in the US, according to a July 6 report by aviation analyst OAG. Beijing’s business has been boosted by … Continued

Beijing pet spas turn pooches into pandas

With pet ownership on the rise in an increasingly affluent China, savvy entrepreneurs are opening animal spas offering dogs a full makeover — even transformation into a panda. Sun Ruowen opened her pet salon in central Beijing in May. Already, dozens of customers wanting to pamper their pets — mainly dogs — have bought pre-paid … Continued

BMW, Ford and VW show concepts for China

BMW, Ford and Volkswagen have joined General Motors, Mercedes-Benz and other leading Western brands in unveiling concept vehicles for the Chinese market at the Auto China 2010 motor show in Beijing. Following in the footsteps of German competitor Mercedes-Benz, BMW showed its own four-door coupe, the BMW Concept Gran Coupé. The concept, intended to combine … Continued

Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV China Edition

Super-sports-car maker Lamborghini surprised audiences at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show with a highly exclusive edition of the Murciélago LP670-4 SuperVeloce. The LP670-4 China Edition is no different than normal models in term of technicalities, but it comes with a bespoke black and orange stripe and can be had with a special grey color. The … Continued

China’s mainland has over 875,000 multimillionaires

The Hurun Research Institute published the 2010 Hurun Wealth Report today for the second consecutive year. The report analyses the number and distribution of China’s wealthy across the nation’s major cities and provinces. The report shows that there are 875,000 people with more than RMB 10million (EUR 1.1M / USD 1.47M) in China today, an … Continued