Jing Daily’s China Luxury Brief: October 1, 2013

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:

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Harrod’s shopping center in London.

— BUSINESS & FINANCE —

Hong Kong is “the great mall of China”, according to a new Financial Times video. (FT)

— CULTURE —

A new rom-com pokes fun at cross-Strait relations. The Taiwanese flick features a romance between a “meek” Taiwan man and a “loud and bossy” mainland woman. At least it has something of interest in the plot, which is a lot more than can be said for most in this genre. (China Real Time)

Art installation traces changes in Chinese society through 20th and 21st centuries. “‘The Way of Chopsticks’ follows the changes that revolutionized the norms of Chinese family life.” (Huffington Post)

— FASHION — 

London retailers expect “spectacular” number of Chinese shoppers during Golden Week. “Shops including Louis Vuitton, Dior, Prada and Montblanc are putting on ‘Chinese-friendly’ products on offer while some shops said extra Mandarin speakers would be on hand to cope with demand.” (London Evening Standard)

— LIFESTYLE —

The average Hong Konger spends HK$5,000 annually on wine. Looks like a good omen for the mainland. (The Drinks Business)

BMW hit by another recall in China. Hyundai and Kia models were also recalled. (Want China Times)

Condé Nast Traveller targets Chinese consumers in London. The publication has just released a bi-annual Chinese-language shopping guide to travel in London. Other cities will be likely to follow. (Media Week)

Disney’s English classes are are a runaway success in China. Let’s all hope that they aren’t teaching it with Mickey Mouse’s inflection. (Business Spectator)

— TECH —

Hybrids take a back seat to electric cars among eco-friendly vehicles in China. That’s because the government has a higher electric-vehicle subsidy. When it comes to luxury models, cachet may trump price when buyers are considering. (China Real Time)

For non-coal bosses in China who want the gold iPhone, a cheaper option exists. Gold stickers are cropping up for sale on Taobao for 35 RMB. (Shanghaiist)

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