Ferrari 599 China Edition Auctioned in Beijing

A one-off Ferrari on which we reported last month has been auctioned off for $1.77 million, including taxes. The Ferrari 599 China was snapped up by an anonymous, silent auction participant based in Shanghai. The one-off Fiorano was hand painted by Chinese artist Lu Hao with a pattern reminiscent of the sought-after Ge Liln porcelain … Continued

Rare Chinese stamp sells for record $332,000

A single Chinese stamp has sold for $332,000 at Zurich Asia’s “Stamps and Postal History” autumn auction in Hong Kong Friday. The 1897 Qing dynasty stamp was bought by a Beijing collector and set a new world record for a single Chinese stamp. It is an extremely rare 1897 small one-dollar overprint on a three-cent … Continued

Cartier Treasures at the Palace Museum in Beijing

Cartier is organizing an exhibition event from September 5 to November 22 at the Palace Museum in Beijing, in a sacred place: the Forbidden City. The exhibition includes more than 350 items, including archives dating from the founding of Cartier to its creations from the 1970s. Partly dedicated to royal jewels, the exhibition will be … Continued

How super rich live in China

A new report has revealed that Beijing has the maximum number of rich people in China. The latest Hurun Report on China’s wealthiest people said that there are 143,000 (yuan-)multimillionaires and 8,800 billionaires in Beijing. In Shanghai, there are 116,000 multimillionaires and 7,000 billionaires, reports the China Daily.

Beijing hosts China’s first fine French wine auction

From famous chateaux ranging from Lafite to Margaux and Mouton, wine lovers had a chance to bid for top French wine in Beijing on Friday at the first wine auction yet on the Chinese mainland. Around 1,000 bottles of fine wine from France’s renowned Bordeaux area were on auction with a starting price of several … Continued

Mandarin Royal Hotel Burns

The Mandarin Royal Hotel, a 44-storey luxury hotel in the center of Beijing burned completely yesterday in a massive fire during the final celebrations for the Chinese New Year. The luxury hotel has been under construction for 7 years and was due to open later this year. There are some suggestions that a firework may … Continued

House of VOILA awarded for its “Beijng Dream” Collection

Tourbillon a Swiss-German Magazine announced in its Fall 2008 Issue No15 the winners of the best designed Olympic inpsired timepiece and the Gold was awarded to the House of VOILA for its “BEIJING DREAM” Collection. Pekings new national stadium, fondly referred to as the Birds Nest, was conceived by Swiss Architects Herzog and De Meuron … Continued

56 Leonard Street, Tribeca, New York

A tower of jagged and jutting glass-faced apartments, “stacked” nearly 800 feet high, will rise like a giant game of Jenga over Tribeca. The Alexico Group, developers of the $650 million project at 56 Leonard Street, at the corner of Church Street, released renderings of the long-anticipated designs. It is the first residential tower by … Continued

Most expensive Olympic games ever

The Olympics opening ceremonies in Beijing was probably the most amazing opening of a ceremony, or opening of anything, that we have ever seen! Some 15,000 performers and 30,000 fireworks launched most expensive Games on record! The Beijing Olympic games is set to be the most expensive ever held, with total costs around 295 billion … Continued

Photos of Chinese concept diamond-car

Yet another concept vehicle hailing from Beijing is this unnamed car that enables the coupe’s body to rotate with the course of travel in the same way as a motorbike does when rounding a curve to compensate centrifugal strength. The purpose is to ensure everything inside the cargo stays in place when the car rolls … Continued

Louis Vuitton MP3 audio guides

Louis Vuitton is always bringing new innovative ideas to the luxury goods market : starting on June 16th for $17 you can experience “it’s most affordable travel-themed product yet”. The French luxury giant has created MP3 audio guides for three Chinese cities, with one-hour walking tours narrated by famous actresses: Gong Li for Beijing, Joan … Continued

Morgan Plaza Beijing

The Morgan Plaza is a super-luxury 7 star hotel under construction in Beijing, China. Although it was set to be finished last month’s, there has been no official confirmation of it completion yet but it definitely going to be completed in time for the Beijing Olympics. When completed it is rumoured to be possibly more … Continued

Record $500,000 paid for 27 bottles of red wine

One Beijing-based billionaire has splashed out a record $500,000 on 27 bottles of red wine, London-based Antique Wine Company said on Saturday. The anonymous Chinese entrepreneur bought a mix of vintages of Romanee Conti, a Burgundy wine and considered to be among the world’s most exclusive with only 450 cases produced each year.[…] “It is … Continued

Voila Watches Beijing Dream

The latest product to tie in to the Beijing Olympics coming up this august is the Voila Beijing Dream. The elaborated cage like design of the watch mimics the National Stadium (also called the Birds Nest) that will hold the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2008 Olympics. The watch is available with a stainless … Continued

Beijing’s Water Cube opens

China has officially taken the wrapping off its National Aqautics Center, nicknamed the “Water Cube”, which resembles a gigantic box of bubble-wrap. Designed by a joint Chinese-Australian consortium, the center is one of two iconic structures constructed for the Beijing Olympics this year. It stands alongside the 91,000 seater National Stadium, more affectionately known as … Continued