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China, Socialism & Consumer Behavior: Rising cost of luxury goods slows to 2009 level

Price increases for luxury goods and services in China this year are at their slowest level since 2009 but continue to outpace inflation, according to a report by the Hurun Research Institute. China’s Luxury Consumer Price Index, which measures price changes in 62 luxury items, rose 4.94 percent in June from a year earlier, 2.79 […]

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Living in China: Major cities suffering months of hazy days

Shanghai and Beijing are among a number of major Chinese cities which experienced “hazy” days for up to half of last year […]

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China, Socialism & Consumer Behavior: World’s top luxury brands compete to tap Chinese market

Prominent luxury brands are scrambling to get a slice of the competitive Chinese market. The 2011 Tianjin International Luxury Exhibition was held recently, right after the World Luxury Association WLA released its 2011 annual official report recently in Beijing […]

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Architecture & Urban Planning in China: the top 10 fast-developing cities in 2009

The annual selection of China’s top 10 fast-developing cities was held by the China International Urbanization Development Strategy Research Committee to illustrate the rate of China’s urbanization […]

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China, Technology and the Environment: Power consumption up in Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Guangdong

In the first half of June/2009, China’s average daily power generation capacity was 9.764 billion kilowatt-hours, down 0.17 percent year-on-year, according to statistics from the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC). In May, the nation’s average daily power generation capacity dropped around 3.5 percent year-on-year […]

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China, Technology & the Environment: City in Henan Province to resettle 27,000 for south-north water diversion

Resettlement of about 27,000 downtown residents of Jiaozuo City in the central Henan Province started this week to make way for China’s massive south-to-north water diversion program, the provincial water diversion office said Friday. Resettlement is scheduled to finish at the end of September, when work on the trunk channel of the central route will start […]

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Bibles to be available free during Beijing Games

Athletes, officials, spectators and tourists can pick up the Bible or just the New Testament for free during the Olympic Games. Tens of thousands of copies of the Bible, the New Testament and booklets with just the four Gospels (according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) have been printed for the purpose, say officials of China’s Christian society. Rev Xu Xiaohong, an official of the Shanghai-based China Christian Council in charge of publishing, says 50,000 bilingual (Chinese and English) editions of the Gospel booklets had already been printed by June. They are on way to six cities hosting the Olympic events in the mainland…

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Internet in China: online shoppers spend 2.3 billion U.S. dollars in 1st half of 2008

Online Chinese shoppers spent 16.2 billion yuan (2.3 billion U.S. dollars) in 19 major cities in the first half of 2008, China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) said on recently. The findings were based on a survey carried out in four municipalities directly under the central government — Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin and Chongqing — and 15 developed cities such as Changchun, Dalian, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Jinan and Guangzhou, among others […]

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Living in China: Shanghai heads list of expats’ favorite cities

Shanghai maintains the highest quality of life on Chinese mainland for Asian expats, but environmental pollution problem is still a concern, according to the latest survey. The Location Ranking Survey, conducted by one of the world’s largest human resources organizations, ECA International, ranked Shanghai in 11th place in Asia and 78th in the world in terms of expat living conditions. The city retained its top spot among the 13 cities in Chinese mainland that included Beijing, Nanjing, Tianjin, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Xiamen […]

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Chinese People and Their Mobile Phones: China starts 3G commercial trials in 8 cities

The parent of China Mobile (0941.HK: Quote, Profile, Research), the country’s top wireless operator, have started commercial trials of a homegrown third-generation wireless standard, TD-SCDMA, in eight cities on April 1, state media said recently. Shares in several Hong Kong-listed equipment vendors, including China Communications Services Corp Ltd (0552.HK: Quote, Profile, Research) and China Wireless Technologies Ltd (2369.HK: Quote, Profile, Research), rose on Friday, as investors anticipate heavy spending on telecoms gear.

The commercial trials will help to improve TD-SCDMA technology, as well as provide better mobile services during the Beijing Olympics, according to Xinhua News agency […]