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How to Photograph a Chinese Official

Chinese officials’ sensitivity about appearance has only intensified since sharp-eyed netizens started bringing down officials caught wearing—or even not wearing—luxury watches and other incriminating baubles. Such visible...

Souring on Shark Fin Soup

Shark fin soup, once considered by Chinese as a symbol of status and wealth and a must-serve at wedding banquets, is now receiving a cold welcome among the younger generation. From Bonnie Tsui at The New York Times: In 2006,...

Looted Ancient Bronzes Returned to Beijing

Two ancient bronze animal head sculptures looted from the Summer Palace during the Second Opium War were returned to China in accordance with the offer businessman François-Henri Pinault made during his visit to the country...

Two Looted Zodiac Sculptures to Return to China

Two zodiac sculptures stolen from the Old Summer Palace by British and French troops in 1860 will return to China later this year. The animal heads, cast in the mid-18th Century, inspired a set of replicas by artist Ai Weiwei...

Watchmakers Fret Over China Sales Slump

Luxury watchmakers, who have in recent years seen massive sales growth in the Chinese market, have since last summer seen that growth stifled. While President Xi Jinping’s campaign to cleanup corruption and crack down...

China Still King of the Global Counterfeit Trade

According to a new report from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, 68 percent of all counterfeit goods seized globally between 2008 and 2010 were manufactured in China. Quartz reports: Counterfeit goods make up about 2% of world...

Why China is Sitting on Fashion’s Front Row

Despite claims that Chinese fashion brands are struggling in the market compared to foreign luxury brands,  CNN reports Chinese designers are on the rise in the style capitals of the world, such as Paris and London. China...

The Economic Impact of Cleaning Up Corruption

Just before handing the baton of party power to Xi Jinping, former CCP general secretary Hu Jintao warned that corruption “could prove fatal to the party.” Since taking the reins, newly appointed general secretary Xi...

Vogue China Empowers Women Beyond Fashion

Clifford Coonan of The Independent catches up with Angelica Cheung, the editor of Vogue China, to discuss the challenges facing women in modern China and the secret behind the success of her magazine: Cheung believes the reason...

Made in US, But Sold in China

As analysts claim “Made in China” products actually profit American producers, the New York Times reports a manufacturing shift now has certain products made in the United States but sold in China. This shift comes amid a...

Scenes from China’s Consumerist Revolution

A precarious economic outlook and efforts to stem officials’ conspicuous consumption have prompted fears for the health of China’s luxury market. Sales of prestigious Moutai liquor have indeed drooped, but Hermes and...

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