China News Brief
    August 26, 2013

    Bo Xilai's pre-prison life of opulence, the end of easy money for Swiss watches, and more talk of auto protectionism are among today's top stories.
    Jing Daily

    Welcome to Jing Daily‘s China Luxury Brief: the day’s top news on the business of luxury and culture in China, all in one place. Check out today’s stories below:#


    Bo Xilai's trial wraps up,#

    after "revelations of private jet flights, luxury villas and rare animal meats have held Chinese Internet users spellbound." (AFP )

    CULTURE —#

    Netizens go after China's "Green Tea Girls",#

    yet another term that has popped up to stereotype spoiled, wealthy women who like to show off their opulent lifestyles on social media. (Yahoo Singapore )

    FASHION —#

    The Swiss watch joyride has ended in China.#

    Year-on-year exports are in a major slump, but brands still see sales opportunities and plan to focus on consumer loyalty. (Campaign Asia )

    Italian handbag brand Furla plans to open 100 stores in Greater China.#

    The company is moving fast, hoping to make China its largest market "within four to five years." (FT )

    Niche brands fill Chinese fashionistas' desire to avoid looking nouveau riche.#

    "They want to show that they have taste," says the owner of concept boutique S.T.A.R.S. (China Daily )

    Tiny Times was styled by Vogue China's artistic director.#

    The film is best watched on mute to appreciate the fashion, yet avoid the terrible writing and nonsensical plot. (ECNS )


    State-run China Daily says "days of big money" are over for foreign automakers in China.#

    They're not going to be happy to hear this: "China's Ministry of Commerce on Friday said it will move to change rules governing vehicle sales in the world's largest auto market." (China Daily )

    Nepal's "Buddhist Mecca" hopes to court Chinese tourists, with China's help.#

    China is investing in building an international airport, restaurants, and hotels in Lumbini, Nepal, which is said to be where the Buddha was born 2,500 years ago. (WSJ )