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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...
Digital Strategies meet Live Broadcasting in China

Digital Strategies meet Live Broadcasting in China

We often call China a digital playground, as its highly digital-savvy and receptive population makes it a breeding ground for digital innovation. In fact the new crop of live streaming apps, which allow users to broadcast live video to their followings, has grown in China into a very different business than the one in the West. These platforms enable viewers to reward content contributors with virtual gifts that can be purchased with real money. Platforms in turn take a cut of each virtual item. The wǎng hóng jīngjì 网红经济 The live streaming sector is growing so quickly in China that it is creating its own...
The Fitness Fever that’s moving China’s Brands

The Fitness Fever that’s moving China’s Brands

The Chinese fitness industry is just starting to explode Commercial fitness gyms started to open across Mainland China in the early 1980s. Since then, the phenomenal growth of its national economy has helped to drive industry growth in all sectors. Chinese are exercising more and their overall fitness status has improved slightly over the past five years, according to a survey by the General Administration of Sport of China. The survey also showed that the increase in obesity among Chinese, which had been rising since 2005, peaked in 2011 and has since started to slow down. Currently there are 19 million...
An interview with Neri & Hu [part 3]

An interview with Neri & Hu [part 3]

…continuing from Part 2 “At work I’m organized and rational while I’m emotional and unstable on a personal level” Room for randomness sometimes brings up nice surprises. And surprisingly enough, architecture and design were not young age vocations for neither of them. Lyndon wanted to be a painter but growing up in a Chinese family he was not allowed to pursue such a goal that was considered to be trivial. He had lied to his parents saying that he was studying mechanical engineering, but before they went to visit him in the States, he managed to switch to architecture, that...
Feedbacks from readers on Chinese creative industry

Feedbacks from readers on Chinese creative industry

The childhood of Design Hotpot went really well, and it grew much over my best expectations. I had many interesting feedbacks by readers coming from all over the world, and to conclude this phase I want to summarize the great opinions I collected in these months. China is fast, and this is not just a cliché. I was away for six months and when I got back many things were not as I remembered. What really impressed me was the margin of penetration of social apps like Wechat. I’ll give you an anecdote. Like most of the residential compounds, on...