Chanches of Buying Counterfeit Water in Beijng 1 in 2 – Beijing Times

U50P1T1D13403122F21DT20070709042318.jpgBeijing is facing a second sort of water crisis, not as deadly as its dwindling ground water supplies but disturbing nonetheless. Translated from Beijing Times via (Photo Quiz: Which is water is bottled, from the tap, and fake? Answer at the end of story):

Beijing’s bottled water professionals recently spilled a major secret: Half of Beijing’s bottled water, equivalent to more than 100 million barrels a year and worth 1 billion yuan, is counterfeit. Major targets are the big four brands, Wahaha (®ÉÂìàÂìà), Robust (‰πêÁôæÊ∞è), Nestle (ÈõÄÂ∑¢) and Yanjing (Ááï‰∫¨), with a combined annual sales of 25-30 million bottles.

The bottled water market first exploded in 1997. In 2002, counterfeit products, also known as No. 2 water, accounted for 20% of all bottled water. In five years, counterfeit bottles have swept through half of Beijing. One Guangdong water firm tried to enter the Beijing market only find it was impossible: Nearly every one of the 1,000 or so water stations it approached as potential suppliers tried to teach their employees how to counterfeit. [Full Text in Chinese]

Photo Quiz answers: Left glass is fake, middle is tap water and right is genuine bottled water. [Source:]


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