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Why are the Chinese so ostentatious?

I recently retired as UK senior partner of BDO after 23 years as a partner with the firm. Last year, I took upA position as visiting professor at Xiamen University, China. My wife is Chinese and I?decided to’spend three months exploring business opportunities in the region and trying to learn some Mandarin.

I’m blogging about my experiences in China for Real Business catch up on my journey so far (see “related articles” on the right-hand side).?

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Fashion-conscious Chinese youngsters often wear stylish t-shirts with English slogans emblazoned on them. They’re often a seemingly random string of inspiring words, or even just letters. Some of them may lose – or even gain – something in translation.

Seen on a single metro journey are (sic): Instinct of love, Go around my soulside; Hunting for yummy; Nardly breath; Delicious food gathering; Enjoyment is game; Femininity assessment; Guidelines list factors for survival of preemies; Babies grow up luckily; Passion crack; Double happiness; Holiday style; Load work ahead.

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I have commented before on ostentatious displays of wealth in China.

In Shanghai, I have just seen a wedding cavalcade of two black Maybachs, four black Rolls-Royces; six black Buicks; four different coloured Lamborghinis; and a silver convertible Bentley.

All the cars had “Just Married” over the rear number plate display and extravagant garlands of flowers on the bonnet…another modest Sunday wedding in Shanghai.



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