As China’s Economy Improves, Self-expression Becomes an Industry

By Kat Fan
Mei-Li hair salon owner Cheng Qilai has opened five branches across Beijing since 1995.

As China steps further into the global spotlight, its
citizens are embracing an eclectic sense of fashion and style that has, in turn, led to a boom in the beauty industry.

Raising Frogs: A Tea-seller's Story

By Rebecca Davis
Ye Huabin welcomes customers to his shop with a cup of tea as a sample. After picking tealeaves in the fields, Ye now owns two shops in Beijing.

Thanks to China's booming economy, more Chinese can afford gourmet tea these days, and Ye Huabin says his business is on the rise. Once a tea farmer in Fujian province, Ye now runs two tea shops in Beijing.

When Fuel Prices Rise in the Land of Production

After months of waiting in line at diesel stations because of a national shortage, the government raises domestic fuel prices in an effort to close the gap between global oil prices and the domestic rate.

With Low Fixed Gas Prices in China, Soaring Oil Costs Mean Long Lines at the Pump

A long line of lumbering two-ton trucks were backed up for at least a mile along one of Hangzhou’s major highways by 11 a.m. the other day. As we crept by stopped trucks and gruff-looking drivers passing time on the roadside, our taxi driver said the holdup was at the fuel station. We soon learned that the state-owned Sinopec station would only be selling diesel until 4 p.m.

In Search of a Chinese Silicon Valley

By Patrick Michels founder Morgan Su hopes to grow his product search site into a global hit.

If there is a Silicon Valley to be found in China, Zhongguancun—a Beijing neighborhood full of universities and electronics dealers—is it. But can it produce an innovation culture to compete with California?

An American Quest for China's Electric Bikes

Chuck McCormick and Aaron Kowalski are two of the countless Americans looking for business deals in China today. McCormick came to China a year ago when an expat friend invited him to visit. Since he's semi-retired, he was able to extend his 10-day visit to two months. “China can be very distracting," he says. "It’s like quicksand—the more you get involved, the more it pulls you.”

Web Startups and the Wudaokou Power Breakfast

This morning I took a cab and, thanks to intense road construction, walked the last five blocks, out to Beijing’s hopping Wudaokou district, home to more techie types than anywhere else I’ve seen in Beijing. Entering through a cozy bookstore as it opened for the day, I climbed a flight of stairs up to Lush, an international student hangout—with pancakes and great coffee, at last—to meet Calvin Chin, the guy behind the Web startup

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