Brand-Name Products

China Mobile returns to the present

China Mobile may develop its own brand of mobile phones, and also establish an Internet company.

After months of maintaining a relatively low profile, China Mobile's recently named President Li Yue is finally making a splash in the headlines with some interesting strategic announcements.

Thursday, 6 December, 2012, 12:02pm

Shifting China consumer tastes show in brand sales

Shoppers walk through a shopping centre in Shanghai. Photo: Xinhua

China’s consumers are still spending, but some brands are losing their lustre. While slowing growth is partly due to market saturation, competition and shifting tastes also play a role.

30 Nov 2012 - 6:44pm

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Girls need true love guidance, not money

Teenage girls who get involved in compensated dating are naive. They have no self-respect.

It seems teenagers' moral values are declining. Maybe parents, teachers or even schools don't give them enough advice. Without anyone to guide them, they do silly things.

1 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

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Little compensation for paid dating

If you want money, how do you get it? By taking a part-time job? Asking relatives or friends for help? Or do you take a short cut?

Teenagers can earn quick money from compensated dating, as some men are willing to pay them to be their girlfriends for a couple of hours.

7 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

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Success is about not giving up

Too many people think life is unfair. But do they really think about why they do not do well?

I think success comes to people who don't give up, whatever the problems are.

12 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

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Ecotourism in HK

Many Hong Kong people prefer shopping in malls to exploring the beauty of nature, but globally ecotourism is becoming more popular.

4 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Pocket money

Language points

1. blow money

waste or spend money on unnecessary items

Eg. You can blow a lot of money on brand-name products.

2. spend like there's no tomorrow

spend a lot without thinking about the future

Eg. When Mary goes on vacation, she spends like there's no tomorrow.

3. expensive hobbies

25 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Steps towards a 'well off' society

Main policy goals of the 11th Five-Year Programme (2006-2010):

Achieve a doubling of per capita economic output between 2000 and 2010 by improving the economic mix, raising efficiency and reducing consumption

12 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Love means more than money

There is a trend for students to chase after brand-name goods. And many parents encourage their children to do so by giving them a lot of pocket money.

But students do not really need designer goods as they are still studying and are not earning enough money to support this lifestyle.

11 Jan 2000 - 12:00am