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Meet the man who made 'The Voice' a hit in China

Meet the man who made 'The Voice' a hit in China

一力促成“好声音”在中国成功的男人

THERE is a general air of hysteria outside the studio at Jiaxing University Stadium, about an hour's drive from Shanghai, where ratings smash The Voice of China shortly will be recorded for broadcast on Zhejiang TV.


Fans mill around, eager for a glimpse of one of the show's judges, but security muscle holds them off. The talent entrance is through an underground drive-through.


The Chinese take on the Dutch-originated Voice format, with its alchemy of passion, heartache and triumph, has struck a major chord in the world's biggest TV market.

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The Hollywood Reporter | October 11, 2014, Saturday


China: Don't call yourself Dumbledore

China: Don't call yourself Dumbledore

中央电视台提醒:选英文名要三思

CHINESE state media have urged citizens to think carefully when choosing an English name, so that they don't pick one with an unfortunate meaning, it appears.


People are being warned against picking a name that could cause offence, or simply make no sense at all, in advice from the CCTV News website. Many Chinese people prefer to use an English name, particularly if they conduct business with the West. But CCTV says people should avoid fictional characters, names with the potential for sexual innuendo, or random words like Dragon, Fish or Lawyer, which could come back and haunt you "if you want a call back from that serious law firm in America".


An English name should "come with a 'feeling' or idea about what sort of person you are, and where you come from", so names such as Satan or Dumbledore are out, the website says. Women are told to think carefully about "food" names such as Candy, Lolly or Sugar, which might be seen as "stripper names". There's also a lengthy warning about names with sexual connotations, especially when used in conjunction with Dong or Wang, which "are used as slang for male genitalia... so avoid anything like 'Bunny Wang' at all times," the website says.

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BBC | October 20, 2014, Monday


Shanghai named world's leading city for shopping centre construction

Shanghai named world's leading city for shopping centre construction

上海购物中心的建造领先全球

EIGHT of the 10 busiest cities for shopping centre construction around the world are in China, according to property firm CBRE, which warns that Shenyang and Wuxi are at high risk of suffering from oversupply.


In its latest Marketscore report, which focuses on the mainland's retail market, it said Shanghai was leading the world in building shopping centres, with 3.3 million square metres under construction, followed by Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, with 3.2 million sq metres.


It said Shenyang was "one of the first cities in China where the retail market has become exposed to oversupply risk".

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South China Morning Post | October 20, 2014, Monday


Champagne and grit: the two sides of Shanghai’s club scene

Champagne and grit: the two sides of Shanghai’s club scene

香槟与砂砾:上海酒吧的两面

A westerner heading into one of Shanghai’s many super-clubs would recognise much of their surroundings: speakers spew EDM Rihanna remixes, punters order overpriced champagne or £4.20 water bottles, and by 3am you can spot people who are too drunk to stand, let alone dance.


But one difference dominates here: there’s no actual dancefloor. Instead, located in front of the elevated DJ booths at bling venues such as LINX, Mook and MYST (the latter acronym stands for “Moving You Stunning Trip”), are the most expensive VIP tables. Whereas in the west the highest rollers get to hide away in private rooms, here they are proudly on view for everyone to envy. At LINX they are elevated into this position ... quite literally: the VIP section is periodically lifted up via hydraulic pumps.


Venues such as these – and many others in cities China-wide – are packed every weekend. And they’re filled with an overwhelmingly local, newly moneyed clientele that generally isn’t there for the DJ talent.

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The Guardian | October 20, 2014, Monday


Return of bicycle culture in China adds to billionaires' wealth

Return of bicycle culture in China adds to billionaires' wealth

中国自行车文化的回归增加了富人们的财富

CHINA’S campaign to re-embrace its biking tradition is catapulting the wealth of two Chinese billionaires.


To reduce air pollution and traffic jam, the country has become a leader in building sharable biking systems. Last year, China, with its fleet of 650,000 public bikes, surpassed Italy as the country with most bike-share programs. Now, the world’s top four bike-share cities are all in China, as a record number of people picked up cycling, a habit they abandoned after the 1980s when Beijing ordered bikes to be replaced with cars as it focused on economic expansion, according to data from the Washington, D.C. -- based Earth Policy Institute.


 

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Forbes | October 20, 2014, Monday


China media expect party to strengthen 'rule of law'

China media expect party to strengthen 'rule of law'

中国媒体聚焦四中全会 法治反腐受关注

MEDIA in China expect an important meeting of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) to help strengthen the rule of law and adopt a tougher stance on high-level corruption.


According to China Daily, the plenary session of the party's Central Committee, which began in Beijing on Monday, will "set the tone for the CPC to promote the rule of law in China in an all-rounded manner, under new circumstances". 


This is the first time that the rule of law will be the main theme of a plenary session, commentators note, recalling that such meetings usually dwell on internal party affairs.

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BBC | October 20, 2014, Monday


Little Apple: the hit song all of China is singing to a video featuring plastic surgery

Little Apple: the hit song all of China is singing to a video featuring plastic surgery

中国掀起“小苹果”热

HAS China found its own Gangnam Style? From Beijing parks to Shanghai skyscrapers and Guangzhou factories to Macau karaoke rooms, people are singing Little Apple - a song apparently so catchy it has even won over the army and police.


Calling themselves the Chopsticks Brothers, Xiao Yang and Wang Taili are neither brothers nor composers, but are responsible for a hit that has become a nationwide phenomenon. 


Xiao Pingguo (Little Apple) was originally intended to promote their latest film when it was released in July, but has proven to be an earworm - the kind of song so insistent it gets stuck in the brain. 

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The Straits Times | October 20, 2014, Monday


China’s Terracotta Warriors Come to Life in Beijing 3-D Production Dennis Law, producer of ‘Terracotta Warriors 3-D Show,’ enlivens the story of Emperor Qin

China’s Terracotta Warriors Come to Life in Beijing 3-D Production Dennis Law, producer of ‘Terracotta Warriors 3-D Show,’ enlivens the story of Emperor Qin

全球首部3D音乐剧《兵马俑》登陆北京--美退休医生复活历史

A retired Denver surgeon is bringing China’s ancient terracotta warriors to life in an offbeat, Broadway-style extravaganza.


“Terracotta Warriors 3-D Show,” which is playing in Beijing through November, is a theatrical production with a high-tech twist, says Dennis Law, who wrote and produced the show.


The musical, performed on stage before a special screen, tells the tale of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, who ruled between 220 and 210 B.C. from the central Chinese city of Xian. Spectators wear 3-D glasses to take in special effects on the screen behind the performers, such as shooting arrows as well as bats that swoop behind singing and dancing concubines and eunuchs.

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The Wall Street Journal | October 20, 2014, Monday


'Guardians of the Galaxy’ tops foreign box office thanks to China

'Guardians of the Galaxy’ tops foreign box office thanks to China

中国推高《银河护卫队》海外票房

“GUARDIANS of the Galaxy” jetted to the top of the foreign box office this weekend, powered by Chinese audiences who have embraced Star Lord and company as their own.


The Marvel film racked up $23.1 million overseas, the bulk of it coming from the People’s Republic. Those strong results pushed the space adventure’s global total to $732.6 million, making it the seventh film this year to pass $700 million worldwide.


It didn’t have much of a lead. “Dracula Untold” was busy nipping at “Guardian’s” heels. The bloodsucker story bit off $22.5 million from 55 foreign territories, driving its worldwide total to $136.4 million. The Universal release topped the box office in a number of markets such as Russia, Peru, Thailand and Vietnam. There are six territories remaining to open including Brazil, Hungary, Spain and Uruguay, where the film debuts next weekend.

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Variety | October 19, 2014, Sunday


Carnival to help China build its first cruise ship

Carnival to help China build its first cruise ship

嘉年华公司将帮助中国打造首艘游轮

CARNIVAL Corp. (CCL) agreed to help build China’s first cruise ship as travel demand increases, placing the nation on course to become the second-biggest market for the leisure boats in three years. 


Carnival will sign a memorandum of understanding with state-owned China State Shipbuilding Corp. today on a possible joint venture “aimed at accelerating the development and growth of the Chinese cruise industry,”the Miami-based company, the world’s largest cruise-line operator, said in a statement. Italy’s Fincantieri SpA (FCT), the biggest builder of cruise 


Vessels, may be the third party in this venture, Carnival said. Economic growth and increased spending power in China will help the nation become the second-largest global cruise market after the U.S., with 4.5 million passengers by 2020, according to China’s Ministry of Transport. Any deal to build cruise vessels would help China State Shipbuilding expand its revenue sources beyond container liners and dry bulk carriers. 

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Bloomberg | October 15, 2014, Wednesday




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