China’s ever-growing taste for luxury goods is extending into the culinary world — and that’s good news for Jean-Marie Vallier, who runs a duck farm and foie gras factory outside Beijing. Two years ago, French group Euralis — the world leader in foie gras production — invested 2.7 million dollars in the facilities, aimed at … Continued
China has unveiled the world’s largest chocolate wonderland in Beijing. Among the 500 life-size figures exhibited in the fair there are chocolate shoes, clothes and also a life-sized BMW 1-series car. According to a report in the official China Daily newspaper, 10 craftsmen needed four tonnes of chocolate and six months to make the car.
China on Saturday unveiled what it billed as the fastest rail link in the world — a train connecting the modern cities of Guangzhou and Wuhan at an average speed of 350 kilometres (217 miles) an hour.
While the rest of the world struggles to bounce back from the global financial crisis, China’s billionaires are living large, snapping up luxury products at a breathtaking pace. Beijing’s Jinbao Street is the must-visit address for billionaires with yuan to burn. Once a maze of alleys, the 800-metre (yard) stretch of road is now home … Continued
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
A single Chinese stamp has sold for $332,000 at Zurich Asiaâ€™s â€œStamps and Postal Historyâ€ 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 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
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.
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
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
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
A tower of jagged and jutting glass-faced apartments, â€œstackedâ€ 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
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
Yet another concept vehicle hailing from Beijing is this unnamed car that enables the coupeâ€™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
After 4 years the Beijing Airport -currently the biggest one in the world- is finished, just in time for the 2008 Olympics. The new Terminal 3, built at a cost of $3.5 billion usd is the first building to break the one million square meter barrier : it will accommodate an estimated 50 million passengers … Continued
Louis Vuitton is always bringing new innovative ideas to the luxury goods market : starting on June 16th for $17 you can experience â€œitâ€™s most affordable travel-themed product yetâ€. 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
The Morgan Plaza is a super-luxury 7 star hotel under construction in Beijing, China. Although it was set to be finished last monthâ€™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
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
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
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