Category Archives: Business

Web Giants March into the World of Film

Film and China have a long history together. A French tourist brought the art to China as early as 1886, according to the day’s newspaper of record, the Shun Pao. By 1905, China had shot Dingjun Mountain, its first film. For most of its...


Trust in First Agricultural E-business Plummets

The last week of August was especially hard for Yimutian employees. On Aug. 28, the agricultural e-business site announced the overnight termination of half its staff. News first appeared on Ebrun.com, which cited anonymous sources who identified themselves as former Yimutian employees. The mass...


The Fall of China’s Top Toothpaste Brand

Chinese toothpaste maker Liuzhou LMZ announced it ran an 89.6 million yuan deficit during the first six months of 2015 on Aug. 18. The company has been expanding its business into new areas in recent years. However, its main business – toothpaste – brought in...


Directors Dare to Dream About Chinese Sci-fi

Director Zhang Panpan announced the sci-fi film The Three Body Problem has completed filming and was entering post-production on Aug. 6. Its story of alien invasion during the Cultural Revolution is adapted from the work of science fiction writer Liu Cixin’s eponymous series. The...


10 Years Later, China Still Short on Professional Networks

LinkedIn China began promoting its independent professional networking app “Chitu” in late June. The popular professional networking company seeks to position Chitu as an app “more in tune with Chinese needs.” Unlike many competing products, the development and direction of Chitu is managed entirely...


War on IP Piracy Comes to Mobile Games

From music, to phones, to reality TV, China has built a reputation as the world’s most notorious copycat. While the government has made some strides in cracking down on piracy in these established industries, the mobile video game industry is seldom mentioned in reports...


Chinese Users Willing to Pay to Binge-watch

Users of the American video streaming platform Netflix are used to binge-watching whole seasons of the popular original series House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black in just a day or two. For that privilege, Chinese are willing to pay as well....


Chinese Dairy Industry Under Shock

2015 was the first time a 42-year-old dairy farmer from Shandong was forced to throw out his milk. “I dumped more than 200 kilograms of milk. It left tears in my eyes,” the farmer said, asking not to be named. Dumping milk and slaughtering...


Shenzhou’s ‘Brain-Dead’ Marketing Scheme a Viral Win

Since the end of last year, private driving services have become part of the work and life cycle for most people in China’s big cities. But for drivers of traditional taxis, the arrival of Didi Dache, Kuaidi Dache and Uber have been a headache....


Security Woes Cost Mobile Payment Users 1.5B Yuan

Mobile payment is becoming increasingly popular in China, with Alipay and WeChat Payment among the most used apps on Chinese phones. From paying bills to ordering food or booking a taxi, many common consumer transactions are being settled entirely in the digital domain. But...