Spaghetti, Smartphones & China's Impact on the World
Next time you indulge in a good hearty serving of ravioli or fettuccine, spare a thought for the Chinese. Tracing the origins of Italian pastas will likely find you in China in the 13th century, following the routes of Marco Polo who brought back tales of dumplings and noodles from his epic adventures in the Far East. Similarly, the European colonists who amassed incredible wealth from...
Alibaba, Marriott ink JV in Major Play for China Travel Market
Chinaskinny was in attendance as e-commerce giant and world’s largest hotelier announce strategic partnership to tap into the growing number of Chinese citizens travelling both abroad and domestically every year. Ov...
Understanding China's Pet Market's Runaway Growth
A quick Google image search for 'dogs in China' will return row after row of horrifying snaps that you wouldn't show your kids. Yet the reality is quite different in most of China's cities. Wandering through urban Chinese stree...
The Geographic Diversity Required for Marketing in China
If we asked Skinny readers to name some differences between a consumer in Beijing and Shanghai we'd be likely to get many responses. There are the obvious observations such as different food preferences, disparate climates, pollut...
Infographic: The Remarkable Disparities Between House Prices in China
Chinese love property. 90% of families in the country own their home, giving China one of the highest home ownership rates in the world. The majority of Chinese investors' portfolios are dominated by property. Few things influ...
The Weekly's Five-Year Skinniversary
A little over five years ago a fledgling Shanghai-based marketing agency was unable to find relevant and reliable marketing information about China. Hopeful of filling that gap, that agency started the Weekly Skinny. Our goal was ...
China's KOL Rules from Beijing Not Affecting Popularity
When a Chinese consumer makes a decision – from picking a bottle of water, to choosing which country will best educate their child – the influence of KOLs (Key Opinion Leaders) can be dramatic. A feature of Chinese thought sin...
Alibaba Looks to Push the Business World into the "She Era"
“The arc of history is long and it bends towards justice” – yet sometimes it needs a little push to get there. Invoking the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr., World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim framed the outlook from M...
Selling in China at What Cost?
The glimmering prize of the China market has led many foreign brands to make sacrifices in their pursuit of Chinese wallets. The $50-billion-plus beauty industry is particularly symptomatic – a field dominated by international ...
China's Foreign Food Paradox
If you ask a Chinese consumer for their thoughts on imported food, you’ll get countries described with a dreamlike reverence. Australia and New Zealand conjure images of endless green fields and roaming livestock taking in the c...
Looking Beyond Alibaba for Sales in China
Last week Alibaba hosted their first conference outside of China – Gateway 17 in Detroit. China Skinny was there. Jack Ma has long had a personal dream of cracking the US and with plenty of cash in the coffers, Alibaba was ...
Excited about China After Attending Gateway '17? Now What?
Excitement was the prevailing feeling at Alibaba’s Gateway 17 conference. The big numbers, learning about the opportunities in China, hearing the success stories and talking to the attendees all contributed to a feeling of exube...
Top Takeaways from Alibaba’s Gateway '17
Alibaba’s first U.S. conference, Gateway ’17, came to a close last week. Three thousand attendees were present at the conference signalling that U.S. small and medium sized businesses are interested in selling to Chinese consu...
5 Trends in China Tourism Which Can Be Applied to China's Overall Consumer Market
If you’re looking for trends in the Chinese consumer market, the tourism industry should be your first stop. Whether it’s trading-up in food & beverage or the health & fitness craze seizing the domestic market, China S...
How Chinese Smartphone Apps May Save the World
A glance at any air quality index will reveal that China’s notorious pollution problem persists. Yet while Washington wavers on its environmental commitments, Beijing is implementing policies to reduce its reliance on fossil fue...
Why Trains & Bikes Mean Much More than Transport for Modern China
In 1990, Greater China's metro systems covered just three cities. By 2020, over 40 cities will sport modern, efficient underground commuter networks. In that same three decades, Beijing has gone from a couple of lines and Shangha...
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