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Going Home Alone: Chinese Passenger Flies Solo

Is it still cattle class if you are the only passenger? While news reports continue to filter in about 100,000 people stranded at Guangzhou train stations this week, trying to head home for the Chinese New Year holidays, one woman had a random experience with true luxury: a commercial flight to Guangzhou all to herself. The short version of this tale is that the woman, whom the AFP names as Zhang, simply outlasted all the other passengers on her China Southern flight, which was delayed for 10 hours.

Zhang made a star of herself on social media, posting photos showing row after row of empty seats on the China Southern plane as it flew from Wuhan. Apparently, the other passengers could not handle the wait-time and did the sensible thing by finding other flights; Zhang toughed it out and had the Boeing 737-700 plane all to herself in the end.

On her social media feed, made public now by multiple news reports, says the experience was tuhao, using a slang term for the nouveau riche.

The AFP reports that China Southern schedules show the flight is normally operated using a Boeing 737-700 aircraft, which generally seats 137 passengers. This got us curious about how much this flight would have actually cost, with just one passenger. Apparently, the one-and-a-half-hour flight would have cost more than $10,000 (stats sourced from here) and that is just based on the cost of keeping the plane in the air for that amount of time. For some context, that amount will fly you long-haul on first, with a return ticket included.

Nevertheless, a social media troll pointed out a little niggle: despite all that extra room on the China Southern flight, Zhang was not upgraded from cattle class. To be fair, we have no idea if the flight was one of those all-economy propositions and really, to have an experience like this one is something money can’t normally buy. We think it might just be priceless.

This story was written in-house, based on news reports, with an image supplied by the AFP

Giorgio Armani Beauty Celebrates Chinese New Year

Giorgio Armani Beauty, the cosmetics arm of Italian luxury icon Giorgio Armani, is joining in with the Year of the Monkey celebrations February 8. Its palette in classic Chinese New Year colors will go on sale in January to honor this year of fire and light.

Yes we are still in Christmas mode, especially online, but it is worth looking ahead to an important festive period in Asia. While many cosmetic brands launch new collections to celebrate Christmas and the end of the year, these firms are also trumpeting Chinese New Year, which will be celebrated on Monday, February 8, 2016.

In this spirit, Giorgio Armani Beauty has created a Chinese New Year prosperity palette, which unsurprisingly is all about complexion. Inside the makeup case, decorated in big and bold red, is a compact powder to enhance your features with a natural sheer covering, which is a popular trend at the moment.


As with the brand’s autumn/winter and Christmas collections, the skin is allowed to breathe and powder is used simply to reveal the skin’s radiance and luminosity.

With this in mind, the powder in the Chinese New Year palette is a nude satin color, which suits all skin tones. Two types of pearls enrich the powder’s formula to illuminate the skin’s natural beauty.

Traditional colors inspired this enameled two-toned case: a vermilion red lid and a shiny black base for a sophisticated touch. Two Chinese symbols, representing Fortune and Luck, have been inscribed on the red top.

Inside, the outline of a monkey has been imprinted into the illuminating powder.

The Chinese New Year palette will be sold mainly in Asian countries, as well as in selected retail outlets in the US and Europe in January. In Europe it will be priced at €85.

Chinese drinking wine

What wine goes best with Chinese food?

Chinese drinking wine

In honor of the Chinese New Year this Thursday, foodies around the world are planning Asian-themed dinner party menus for the weekend.

But what is the best type of wine to serve with Peking duck, spring rolls or steamed dumplings?


Finding the perfect wines to serve with Asian cuisine is often a difficult task, especially in the case of spicy dishes, which have a tendency to overpower the delicate flavors of a fine vintage.

So if you plan to ring in the Year of the Goat with a handful of hot chilies, lager may be your best bet in the beverage department.

Luckily for wine lovers, not all dishes from the Far East are heavy on the capsicum. For these subtler recipes, rosé wines tend to provide a one-size-fits-all solution, but there are alternatives as well.

Caramel pork and other sweet and savory dishes

To complement the sweet and savory combinations often found in Asian cuisines, nothing beats a sweet or semi-sweet white wine.

That said, wines such as Sauternes with a particularly high sugar concentration are best avoided. Opt instead for a sweet white wine with a hint of acidity, such as those from the Jurançon region, the Coteaux du Layon or the late harvested wines of Alsace.

Spring rolls and other fried dishes

It’s hard to turn down these crispy treats, fattening though they may be. To cut through the grease, serve a red wine with fruity notes. Those from the Beaujolais or the Loire region fit the bill.

Steamed dumplings

Depending on the filling (chicken, vegetables, shrimp), dumplings may go down nicely with a variety of different wines.

At any rate, if you plan on dipping in hot sauce, avoid red wines that are high in tannins, which tend to accentuate spiciness. Here again, a lighter red wine such as a Beaujolais is an excellent choice.

Peking duck

It’s no surprise that this is one of the most popular Chinese dishes in France, since it pairs so nicely with the tannic red wines the French are so fond of. The delicate flavors of the duck meat and the crispy, fatty skin are best complemented by red wines with spiced notes, such as those from Provence or Le Corbières in the Languedoc-Roussillon region.

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Johnnie Walker Year of the Ram Scotch Whisky

Johnnie Walker Blue Label “Year of the Ram”

Johnnie Walker Year of the Ram Scotch Whisky

To mark the Chinese New Year, Johnnie Walker & Sons has released a limited edition series of bottles that fete the Year of the Ram.

Designed as a quartet, when four bottles are placed side by side, the image of a ram unfolds in the manner of a Chinese scroll painting.


Johnnie Walker Blue Label Year of the Ram is the second in the brand’s Chinese New Year series, which began with a Year of the Horse in 2014.

A 750 ml bottle of the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Year of the Ram Special Release retails for $258 USD (750 ml/bottle).

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Year of the Ram

Mini Cara Delevingne bag

Mulberry celebrates Chinese New Year

Mini Cara Delevingne bag

In honor of the Chinese New Year on February 19, Mulberry has come out with a limited edition of its famous Cara Delevingne handbag.

Handmade by the artisans in Mulberry’s workshops, this quilted handbag is made of Nappa lambskin dyed bright red in honor of the Asian holiday.

This chic accessory comes with a fob embossed with a ram, a nod to the Chinese zodiac sign of the coming year.

The special Chinese New Year edition mini Cara Delevingne handbag is available at select boutiques and at the Mulberry online store.

Only 88 of these exclusive handbags are available worldwide. Price: £995.

Goldgenie launches year of the goat iPhone


To help celebrate the Chinese New Year in style, Goldgenie is making a limited edition gold-plated iPhone 6 complete with laser-engraved graphics and a cherry oak display case.

Goldgenie plans to make 99 examples of the customized handset, each of which will be stamped with a number indicating its place in the series.

As well as a 24K gold coating, each phone’s rear panel will be laser engraved with a specially designed Chinese goat symbol. Clients will be able to specify the iPhone 6 with up to 128GB of on-board storage.

Year of the Goat iPhone

The handset will retail for €3164.40 but expect example number 8 to start a bidding war, considering the number’s significance as a symbol of luck, good health and fortune in Chinese culture.

Although the Year of the Goat doesn’t officially start until February 19, the handset is already available to order via Goldgenie’s website.

Burberry Lunar New Year 2014

Burberry prepares for the lunar New Year

Once again Burberry is bang on trend with a special collection of ready-to-wear clothes and exclusive accessories designed to celebrate the Chinese New Year, this time around the Year of the Horse.

Burberry Lunar New Year 2014

Items include wallets, scarves, tote bags, key charms and coats, many in the lucky red color associated with the Asian festival. Prices start from €150 upwards.

The brand has also released a video soundtracked by Eliza and the Bear’s “The Southern Wild.” The pieces are available at the brand’s flagship locations around the world.

red check raincoatcrimson leather clutch

The Chinese Timekeeper Year of the Snake timepiece

Chinese Timekeeper CTK17 watch

Luxury watchmaker The Chinese Timekeeper (CTK) has designed an amazing “Year of the Snake” luxury watch for the Chinese New Year.

This remarkable timepiece is boasting a majestic Snake all over its case & dial … literally encircling your timepiece in an outstanding way!

The tail starts on the back case and the Snake’s body goes along each of the 4 layers of the case structure. It comes on top of the watch where it is deeply engraved on the bezel before diving below the inner ring to reappear on the back dial.

Appropriately the strap is made of taupe color Snake skin to further celebrate the 6th animal of the Chinese Zodiac! The CTK17 Special Edition is priced at HK$32,800.

Official website and online boutique: www.thechinesetimekeeper.com

Montegrappa Snake 2013

Montegrappa Snake 2013 Limited Edition

Montegrappa Snake 2013

Inspired by the Chinese Horoscope sign, Montegrappa Snake 2013 writing instruments are decorated with stunning die-cast overlays.

The collection is available as a limited edition of 888 fountain pens and 888 rollerball pens in sterling silver and 88 fountain pens and 88 rollerball pens in solid 18K gold.

Fountain pens boast ebonite feeder, 18K gold nib and a piston filling system. All pieces are numbered and offered in an elegant wooden box.

Montegrappa Snake

Jean-Paul Hevin Chinese New Year bonbons

Jean-Paul Hévin launches Chinese New Year bonbons

Jean-Paul Hevin Chinese New Year bonbons

Jean-Paul Hévin has released a special range of bonbons for Chinese New Year that includes a Sichuan chili-peppered dark chocolate ganache as well as a new mandarin-flavored chocolate macaron.

Handcrafted in Paris before being flown to his Hong Kong boutiques, the limited edition chocolates have been created to help usher in the year of the snake.

The Boite Gourmande is a red faux snake-skin box wrapped in a gold ribbon that comes with 28 bonbons including the Sichuan chili chocolate, all adorned with the Chinese symbol for the word ‘lucky.’

Under the mentorship of chef Joël Robuchon in Paris, Jean-Paul Hévin received one of the top honors in France for artisan craftsmanship, the title of “Meilleur Ouvrier de France.” Since opening his own chocolate boutique in Paris, he’s since exported the brand to Japan, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan.

The special Chinese New Year coffrets like the Boite Gourmande, which costs $560 HKD (€53), are available at the trio of Jean-Paul Hévin boutiques in Hong Kong.

Burberry says ‘Happy New Year’ to Chinese fans

Burberry Chinese New Year 2013

British luxury brand Burberry has released a new video wishing fans Happy New Year in Chinese alongside a line of special red products.

The limited edition line in different shades of red includes the Blaze Bag, one of the highlights of the 2013 Spring summer collection. Other leather goods and scarves also feature.

Burberry Chinese New Year wallet

From Feb. 10, Burberry will also be celebrating Chinese New Year across all digital platforms and on the Chinese social networks Sina Weibo, YouKu and Douban.

The new products are available on Burberry.com, which now has a dedicated ‘Chinese New Year Gifts’ section, and will appear in Burberry stores alongside traditional lucky red envelopes which will be given out to customers.

IWC Portuguese Automatic Edition Dragon Year

IWC Portuguese Automatic Edition Dragon Year

IWC Portuguese Automatic Edition Dragon Year

It is the Chinese Year of the Dragon and not surprisingly every major luxury watch brand is trying to get in on the action. All it takes is a dragon anywhere on the watch and the watch is ready for limited edition status.

Here’s IWC Schaffhausen’s entry into the “Year of the Dragon” category: the IWC Portuguese Automatic Edition Dragon Year with a dragon engraving on the rotor.
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ST Dupont dragon diamond collection

ST Dupont “Year of the Dragon” Collection

ST Dupont dragon diamond collection

To celebrate the Year of the Dragon, S.T.Dupont has created this exclusive Limited Edition of exceptional hand-made pieces.

S.T.Dupont offers three exquisite collections under its Limited edition range. The first is the Dragon Diamond collection which is a set of a pen, lighter and ashtray.

The Dragon sculpture on pens and lighters are entirely hand sculpted and yellow gold plated by The French Artist, Philippe Tournaire. Red rubies are placed on the Dragon’s eyes. The Dragon’s body is set with 88 diamonds.
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Richard Mille RM057

Richard Mille RM057 Jackie Chan

Richard Mille RM057

Here’s a look at the Richard Mille RM057. This Exclusive Timepiece is a tribute to The Chinese Year of the Dragon and to Action Actor Jackie Chan.

The RM057, successor to the $1.7 million RM056 commemorates the Year of the Dragon that lasts between January 23 2012 and February 9, 2013.

It has a movement baseplate of pure, deep Black Onyx and a dazzling golden dragon engraving and colored scales that grips the tourbillon bridge in one of his claws.
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Rolls Royce Phantom Year of Dragon

Western brands aim for China’s ‘Dragon’ riches

Rolls Royce Phantom Year of Dragon

It’s meant to bring riches and power befitting an emperor, but if Western luxury brands have their way the Year of the Dragon will cost their wealthy Chinese customers a fortune instead.

Monday is the start of the Year of the Dragon, the most favourable and revered sign in the 12-year Chinese zodiac.

The dragon is a traditional Chinese symbol of royalty, fortune and power, and the Year of the Dragon usually sees a spike in marriages and births.
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