China On The Brink - business http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/taxonomy/term/56/0 en As China’s Economy Improves, Self-expression Becomes an Industry http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/as-china%E2%80%99s-economy-improves-self-expression-becomes-industry <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> “<i>Zuo! Zuo! Zuo, yo, zuo!</i>”</p> <p> &quot;Left! Left! Left, right, left!&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/as-china%E2%80%99s-economy-improves-self-expression-becomes-industry">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/as-china%E2%80%99s-economy-improves-self-expression-becomes-industry#comments Beijing business culture fashion China Chic Sat, 07 Jun 2008 00:05:15 -0600 Katherine Fan 182 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com Raising Frogs: A Tea-seller's Story http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/raising-frogs-a-tea-sellers-story <p>Ye Huabin sits on a low stool, perspiration beading on his smiling face. Three different kinds of tea brew in small Chinese teapots on the wooden table before him, at the far end of his small Beijing shop, hidden away in a <i>hutong</i> near the Forbidden City. Beside the teapots sit several shot glass-sized cups and a row of wooden frogs, which he says he is “raising” for good luck, by ritualistically pouring a pot of tea over them.</p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/raising-frogs-a-tea-sellers-story">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/raising-frogs-a-tea-sellers-story#comments Beijing business tea The New Citizen China Chic Wed, 04 Jun 2008 05:40:24 -0600 Michael R. Jeffers 164 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com When Fuel Prices Rise in the Land of Production http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/when-fuel-prices-rise-land-production <p><i>Editor's Note: Excerpts from this story appear in the August 2008 edition of the <a href="http://www.chinaeconomicreview.com/">China Economic Review</a>. The article can be found <a href="http://www.chinaeconomicreview.com/cer/2008_08/Energy_price_hikes_unpopular_but_necessary.html">here</a></i> <i>(subscription required).</i> </p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/when-fuel-prices-rise-land-production">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/when-fuel-prices-rise-land-production#comments business development Fuel Growing Pains Hangzhou Shanghai Tue, 24 Jun 2008 06:47:41 -0600 Michael R. Jeffers 375 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com With Low Fixed Gas Prices in China, Soaring Oil Costs Mean Long Lines at the Pump http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/with-low-fixed-gas-prices-china-soaring-oil-costs-mean-long-lines-pump <p>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 <a href="http://english.sinopec.com/">Sinopec</a> station would only be selling diesel until 4 p.m.</p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/with-low-fixed-gas-prices-china-soaring-oil-costs-mean-long-lines-pump">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/with-low-fixed-gas-prices-china-soaring-oil-costs-mean-long-lines-pump#comments Travel Diary business Growing Pains Hangzhou oil Tue, 17 Jun 2008 03:55:26 -0600 Michael R. Jeffers 274 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com In Search of a Chinese Silicon Valley http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/in-search-a-chinese-silicon-valley <p>Morgan Su, the founder and CEO of a young Internet search outfit called Makepolo.com, is sitting in the dark, plugging away at his keyboard late on a Friday afternoon. The darkness lends the room a quiet calm, but one gets the impression it’s either the cost-cutting decision of a lean, young technology operation, or, as an old tech startup romantic might tell it, maybe Su had arrived that morning too eager for coding to dally with something so trivial as light.</p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/in-search-a-chinese-silicon-valley">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/in-search-a-chinese-silicon-valley#comments Beijing business Growing Pains On The World Stage technology Sat, 07 Jun 2008 03:58:27 -0600 Patrick Michels 185 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com Beijing couple prides themselves on freedom of choice http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/beijing-couple-prides-themselves-freedom-choice <p>Bian Dacheng and his wife, Liu Zhiying, are proud to own a children's clothing store alongside a bustling four-lane street in the heart of Beijing. Their pride is noticably centered on their ability to choose what they want to do for the rest of their lives.</p> <p>&quot;It was our own personal choice to open the business,&quot; Bian, 54, said. &quot;We have little pressure to make money. We are already retired. We are doing this to consume our time.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/beijing-couple-prides-themselves-freedom-choice">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/beijing-couple-prides-themselves-freedom-choice#comments aging attitudes Beijing business The New Citizen Fri, 06 Jun 2008 22:58:40 -0600 Michelle Connolly 181 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com Chopsticks World http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/chopsticks-world <p>&nbsp;</p> <div align="center"> <div style="text-align: center"><img src="/files/mueller_carol%20chopsticks.JPG" alt="Photo by Larissa Mueller" width="450" /></div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/chopsticks-world">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/chopsticks-world#comments Travel Diary Beijing business chopsticks China Chic Thu, 05 Jun 2008 04:33:48 -0600 Carol Schliesinger 176 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com An American Quest for China's Electric Bikes http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/an-american-quest-chinas-electric-bikes <p>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,&quot; he says. &quot;It’s like quicksand—the more you get involved, the more it pulls you.” </p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/an-american-quest-chinas-electric-bikes">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/an-american-quest-chinas-electric-bikes#comments Travel Diary Beijing business The New Citizen Fri, 30 May 2008 07:01:04 -0600 Carol Schliesinger 104 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com Web Startups and the Wudaokou Power Breakfast http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/web-startups-and-wudaokou-power-breakfast <p>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 <a href="http://www.qifang.cn" target="_blank">Qifang.cn</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/web-startups-and-wudaokou-power-breakfast">read more</a></p> http://www.chinaonthebrink.com/content/web-startups-and-wudaokou-power-breakfast#comments Travel Diary Beijing business On The World Stage technology Fri, 30 May 2008 04:07:12 -0600 Patrick Michels 103 at http://www.chinaonthebrink.com