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The Great Mall

12/16/2005 07:53:00 PM, posted by anand

Yeah, you read it right. I am talking about The Great Mall, not The Great Wall. The district I live in here in Beijing is called Guo Mao - Business district. Its a posh area with a lot of glass facade tall buildings. My hotel lobby is directly connected to a massive underground mall.

This mall, called the China World Shopping Mall, has shops like BVLGARI, Gucci, Prada, Hermes, Givenchy, Levis, Lego, Louis Vuitton, MontBlanc, Armani, Cerruti, Swarovski, Starbucks, Pizza hut etc. Now, I had expected this place to have some of the local shops as well. But these are all American and European brands. So far, I have not come across a chinese brand, per se. Even the goods are far more expensive than compared to the prices these brands charge in the US. Once inside the mall it just feels like the Bellevue Square mall, only better.

So much so for globalization. Most of these companies might get their stuff made in sweat-shops in China and then sell them back to the China at crazy prices. Ironically funny, eh?
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