There’s a hefty mark-up whacked on foreign goods in China market. Chinese consumer have to pay extra more for these imported goods which some are made in China. In the communist country, comparing to the US, you have to pay 83 percent more for a cup of Starbucks coffee, 67 percent more for a pair of Nike basketball shoe, 130 percent more for a Columbia jacket. And the most unanticipated case, a Thinkpad laptop, which is now considered own by Lenovo, is 45 percent cheaper if you buy it in US ! The high distribution fees and higher tax have caused these stuff to be more expensive in China. Ironically, the Chinese only have US$4,940 per capita income, while American have almost 10 times more ! The communist government is the overall winner. Click in to examine more on the infographic, translated by Tait Lawton of East West Connect …
International coffeehouse chain Starbucks sparked a controversy after opening a branch near a famed Lingyin temple in Hangzhou, the largest city in Eastern China. Some people worried Starbucks could possibly spoiled the peaceful environs of the secluded worship center that an oriental Buddhism temple should embrace.
The Shanghai government plans to build itself into a wireless city by next year. Nearly all major public spaces in Shanghai will be fully covered by wireless networks, with over 22,000 Wi-Fi and 130,000 mobile hotspots to be added. The program has begun cooperating with China’s three state-run telecom carriers to build Wi-Fi hotspots across the city. In the early stage, the bureau will set up the connections at 5.8-gigahertz frequency to support coverage of all public places. We believe the public WiFi networks in Shanghai has some restriction on using it for free, and the security is another big concerns. Meanwhile, over 200 Starbucks in Shanghai are having some pretty good free wifi connection.
Shanghai is no longer pathetic for internet addicts. China Telecom and Starbucks have teamed up together and bringing free WiFi hotspots for over 200 Starbucks in Shanghai. That’s not a typo, they’re all free!
Similar to what Rovio has done to celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival, Starbucks has introduced its mooncakes (a type of Chinese pastry to celebrate the festival) in China. They come in 3 flavors — Chocolate, coffee, and green tea. Watch its TV ad after the break!
Long time ago, I introduced you to my life in Hong Kong, and now I’m bringing this exciting diary back for you. So, I’m happy to tell you that being a blogger is not just sitting in front of my computer, I love to take photos when I’m in downtown.
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