Category Archives: Business

Ctrip.com Crash Rings Alarm over Web Security

The Chinese travel industry’s largest booking platforms, Ctrip.com and eLong.com, went dark on May 28. What was initially suspected to be an outside attack or inside job was eventually confirmed nearly a day later to be the result of one bad command that wiped...


Gov’s Raid Backfires, Causes Spike in Uber Downloads

Uber’s Chinese branch in Guangzhou made international headlines when the Industrial and Commercial Bureau and Traffic Committee teamed up with local police to raid its offices on April 30. Police confiscated more than 1,000 iPhones, used by the company to keep Uber drivers connected...


Adaptations Lead the Chinese Film Industry

Intellectual property is the film industry’s latest buzzword. The movie Silent Separation was first adapted from a novel into a TV series and then a movie, which aired during the May Day holiday. The show comes hot on the heels of film adaptations of...


‘Legend of Qin’ Heralds Springtime for Animators

The Legend of Qin (秦时明月), based on Wen Shiren’s novel of the same title, is the first 3D animated series about martial arts in China. Its stories take place during the Qin Dynasty, spanning the 30 years from the founding to the destruction of...


Qingming Traditions Bring Economic Boom

The Qingming Festival is one of China’s most important traditions with a history stretching back more than 2,500 years. The festival’s modern observation involves burning paper offerings to whisk useful objects away to the spirit world. But where face, trends and culture intersect, profits...


Chinese Golf Built for Face, Not for Fun

The National Development and Reform Commission ordered the immediate closure of 66 golf courses across the country for violating its restrictions on land use and construction on March 30. In some ways, the order is an admission of the failure of its 10-year moratorium...


E-commerce Sites Battle with Tax Reform

A series of consumer reports that blasted Alibaba for quality control problems on its Taobao.com marketplace caught the attention of the Industrial and Commercial Bureau on March 15. But not because the bureau aimed to right China’s unruly e-commerce industry: it smelled money. For...


Amazon Opens Flagship Store at Tmall

Amazon seems determined to gain place in China – even if it means bringing its flagship marketplace to a rival platform. The online retailer opened a verified store on Alibaba’s Tmall on March 5. The influential e-commerce site is China’s largest and Amazon’s strongest...


E-commerce Giant Extends its Tentacles into Media

Last June, Alibaba bought a 68 percent stake in Culture China, a Hong Kong media company that has since been renamed Ali Picture. Last week, it became the second biggest shareholder of Enlight Media with its investment of 2.4 billion yuan. It may be...


Tesla Falls Flat on First Year in the China Market

It has been a bad year for Elon Musk and his Tesla Motors. The famous manufacturer of electric cars lost $290 million in the last year – $220 million more than it lost in 2013 – and 16 percent of its 11,627 vehicles went...