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3 reasons why coworking is booming in China and what’s next?

3 reasons why coworking is booming in China and what’s next?

According to real estate services firm Jones Lang Lasalle, by the end of 2016 there were over 500 coworking sites in Shanghai and Beijing alone, compared to just a few in the end of 2015. As the sharing economy takes root in China with increasing vigour, a growing number of Chinese customers are shifting to a collaborative consumption lifestyle, resulting in a huge boom of co-working spaces in recent years with thousands of operators emerging. Generally speaking this is a mindset change: from owning something to renting something. Since this ‘new’ mindset is not totally a new thing in China, coming from a collectivist...
What’s up with China’s over-style

What’s up with China’s over-style

Maximalism If you ever set foot in a hotel, bar, KTV or restaurant of a tier two Chinese city, you are probably familiar with the extravaganza of the interiors. If you ever walked down the streets of Xidan, Beijing youngsters’ shopping district, you’ve already jumped into some serious fashion-tackiness. If you’ve ever scrolled down the dark alleys of any of the popular Chinese live broadcasting apps I’m sure you noticed that over-styling has been taken by many way beyond the limitations of fashion. Over the past five to six years many Chinese women asked their plastic surgeons to make them “look...
Less instant noodles and more local food: the second wave of Chinese outbound travel

Less instant noodles and more local food: the second wave of Chinese outbound travel

In late 2014 president Xi Jinping, while visiting the Maldives, advised Chinese travelers to eat less instant noodles and more local food when in other countries. Despite the economy slowing, the impact on outbound travel from high-net-worth individuals seems to have steadily grown. The length of travel is also increasing for some, and more Chinese travelers are even taking an entire “gap year” abroad. Historically speaking, the Chinese have never really been interested in exploring the world before. But according to a recent report of Business Intelligence Fung Center, the number of Chinese tourist travelling abroad is constantly growing and could...
How to market furniture in China

How to market furniture in China

Changes within the market and the need for flexibility Recently I have been involved in the re-planning of a large luxury distributor of foreign furniture in China. For obvious reasons I won’t reveal its name, let’s say they are one of the main players in the luxury furniture market in Asia, and they went trough a huge scandal a few years ago… That scandal severely damaged their credibility in the eyes of occasional and potential customers affecting their brand and market shares up until now. Today, they believe, the damages of those years are almost gone, but as Chinese growth slowed down...
How information technology is reshaping Chinese services

How information technology is reshaping Chinese services

I wanted to write a follow up of my previous article about the difficulties that the Beijing Design Week is facing, cause I felt that some infos that I shared in there needed a more extended explanation. But since some of the points mentioned in that article, like “Social media left out of the games” and “As long as guanxi are the key, promotion won’t be necessary”, are closely linked to the mutations the service system is going through, I ended up writing about how information technology is radically reshaping services of any kind in China, and how creativity is going...
China bridge-blogs

China bridge-blogs

China bridge-blogs are those blogs that give insights, analysis, opinions and news about China to a foreign audience, and before I start annoying you with my own stuff, I wish to write about my favorite ones, those I have been reading in the past six years. This list does not pretend to be the cream of the crop of the Chinese blogosphere, instead simply represent my tribute to a huge source of valuable knowledge. Of course there are many, many other valuable Blogs, but I enlisted only the ones I am familiar with. At the moment of writing I am in Vicenza,...