In case you missed them the first time around, here are some of Jing Daily’s top posts for the week of June 23-27, 2014.
From glamorous parties to star-studded runway shows, the mass influence of social media means that exclusive events hosted by luxury brands in China are about far more than just the invited guests. In order to gain insight on what it takes to host a successful luxury event in China today, we checked in with Xavier Cagnion, the general manager of Asian event communication agency K2 for an interview via email.
An increasing number of investors from China are buying vineyards in French regions, and are moving up in their tastes. According to a recent op-ed, Chinese investors first started with buying châteaux in less-popular appellations in the Bordeaux region. But now, they are eyeing bigger region names with prominent châteaux in them.
In order to highlight their stories, Sun Media Group owner Yang Lan (who is often referred to in American media as “China’s Oprah”) is launching a Chinese version of the AOL-partnered U.S. siteMAKERS, a digital platform featuring video interviews with notable women including Sheryl Sandberg and Hillary Clinton. The Chinese-language Makers.cn will start out with 10 famous Chinese women, including China Stock Exchange Chair Laura Cha Shih May-Lung, actress Gong Li, and Olympics speed-skating silver medalist Li Yan.
For China’s international shoppers, who reportedly make 27 percent of all tax-free purchases in the world, buying overseas just became easier. Swiss tourism shopping tax refund company Global Blue announced yesterday its collaboration with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s payment system Alipay, allowing shoppers to receive value-added tax (VAT) refunds directly into their Alipay accounts.
Tsinghua- and Yale-educated architect Yichen Lu may be based out of New York City, but his expertise in both American and Chinese architecture has made him uniquely suited for designing cutting-edge projects in China. The former protégé of Frank Gehry and Stephen Holl recently sat down for an interview with Jing Daily at his studio, Link-Arc, which focuses on culture-related projects such as museums and concert halls, as well as innovative public spaces, including the recently won competition to design the China Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015.