Category Archives: Business

Meituan Center of Latest Hostile Click Farming Scandal

After merging with Dianping.com, group purchase website Meituan has become entangled in a scandal involving click farming and other fraudulent practices in its hotel reservation business. Click farming, a form of click fraud, directs large groups of people to click purchase links and boost...


Baidu Criticized for Selling Hemophilia Support Group to Top Bidder

2016 has not been kind to Internet giant Baidu. The company kicked off the new year with a public relations disaster when hemophiliacs revealed how Baidu sold their support community to the highest bidder. Baidu’s Tieba is one of China’s largest discussion platforms, with...


Fake Moutai Scandal Exposes Vipshop’s Ailing Business

Vipshop, an online platform popular with female shoppers, kicked off 2016 with a credibility crisis. On January 2, Vipshop admitted to selling fake Moutai liquor, a popular brand of Chinese spirits. In its statement, Vipshop said it severed relations with the fake Moutai supplier...


Ctrip and Qunar’s Merging Ends Travel Price War

Chinese online travel agent Ctrip’s wish to merge with its competitor Qunar has finally come true. At the end of October, Ctrip announced it made a deal for a stock equity exchange with Baidu. According to the deal, Baidu would acquire 25 percent of...


Time to Pay Arrives for China’s Online Music

Fans of QQ Music, Tencent’s popular streaming service, have been surprised to discover many of the songs they used to listen to have become unavailable for both play and download. Attempts to play many popular tracks are met with the message, “This company has...


Vanished Murderer Disappears from Cinemas Under Industry Boycott

With an attractive plot and star-studded cast that included Sean Lau, Jiang Yiyan and Li Xiaolu, The Vanished Murderer was expected to be the winter’s cinema blockbuster when it debuted on November 27. But anyone hoping to see the murderer at a domestic cinema...


MI Hides Blunders Behind High Sales Figures

The online shopping fest that is Single’s Day has come to an end, and Chinese merchants are posting record profits. In the early hours of November 12, Lei Jun, the president of handset and smart device maker MI, announced that the company’s handsets were...


Ailing Supermarket Chain Wu Mart Delists to Reform

Wu Mart, the biggest supermarket chain in Beijing and in northern China, announced it planned to delist from Hong Kong on October 20. The announcement came after the troubled grocer’s decision to suspend trading on October 5, when Wu Mart’s stock closed at HK...


Smart Devices Usher in China’s First Audiobook Boom

In the never-ending quest to multitask, Chinese book lovers are making the jump from e-books to audiobooks. But where the foreign audiobook industry has a history dating back to cassettes and an established pool of professional readers, China’s late arrival has put it on...


Women Lead in China’s Marketing, Advertising World

China has surprised the world in terms of women’s ascendancy as business leaders. Women held more than half of the senior management roles in Chinese companies, according to a survey released in 2013 by Grant Thornton International. That placed China at the top of...