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Wealthy Chinese love French luxury goods

The recently released annual Hurun report usually contains fascinating insights into the antics of the super wealthy in China and this year is no exception.

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Spirit of free enterprise

Mao-tai is at a crossroads. Prices for the highly alcoholic drink have collapsed after a de facto ban on its use at official functions.

Meanwhile, global luxury brands are circling the market and snapping up stakes in distillers that make sorghum-based spirits.

18 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Mao-tai maker decries counterfeits

Kweichow Moutai, which makes the most prestigious and expensive mao-tai spirits, says all special editions available on the market that claim to have been made for senior army officers and central government officials are fake, the Guangzhou Daily reports.

Many people prefer to buy mao-tai with packaging that makes such claims, believing they are genuine and superior.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

State firms pressed to reveal bills for Moutai

A Shanghai-based lawyer has asked the central government to release details of Moutai purchases by 117 top state-owned enterprises (SOEs).

4 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Liquor firms lead way in race for cctv advert slots

Prime-time advertising slots on state broadcaster China Central Television for next year were once again snapped up by liquor brands this week despite new restrictions on alcohol advertising coming into effect next year.

10 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Fiery Maotai plans heavy duty global push

China's national liquor, Maotai, is seeking to conquer the world.

The maker of the fiery drink, which has been served at national banquets to toast foreign leaders including Richard Nixon and Kim Il-sung, plans to improve its international exposure through sales at duty-free airport shops in London, Rome, Moscow and other key cities.

6 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Odd Proposals

Save the Maotai for the foreigners, professor urges

9 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Booze, smokes: symbols of official graft

China's nouveau riche may use vintage wines from Bordeaux, Louis Vuitton bags and Rolex watches to signal their status. But few things on the mainland denote exclusivity, privilege and power like Maotai, the fiery Chinese liquor, and Zhonghua cigarettes.

10 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Fondness for a tipple keeps stills on the boil

Several toasts into a long dinner for visiting reporters, an official in the old steel town of Benxi is inspired to share a traditional saying from northeastern China: 'If you have liquor without food, it can be bad for your health. But if you have food without liquor, then you don't have any liquor.'

17 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Poorest province is rich in diversified products

Guizhou may be China's poorest province, with an annual per capita income of only about 5,750 yuan (HK$6,500), but you would not suspect that on a visit to its capital, Guiyang .

12 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

the mixer

Hong Kong's knack for melding east and west has spread to the world of cocktails. Chic celebrity hangout Aspasia in Tsim Sha Tsui has a series of cocktails using Chinese liquors such as maotai, a strong distilled spirit that rivals whisky and cognac in taste and history, and mei kwei lu, sometimes referred to as Chinese rose whisky, instead of blander bases such as vodka.

3 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Pollution threatens source of famed maotai liquor

Dozens of illegal wine factories along the Chishui River in Guizhou province have been penalised to ensure the river water remains pure enough for the manufacture of China's national liquor, maotai, mainland media reported yesterday.

The 39 illegal sites were built along the Chishui River and its tributaries, 'the province's only undeveloped river', Xinhua reported.

15 May 2007 - 12:00am

20pc of spirits fail quality inspections

More than 20 per cent of spirits and 10 per cent of wines produced on the mainland are below standard, state media reported yesterday, naming and shaming some of the worst offenders.

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine tested random samples of about 100 spirits from 20 provinces and municipalities, and 78 wines from more than 12 areas.

15 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Fake Maotai blended with DDT

Touted as the preferred choice of spirits by state leaders, China's famous Maotai liquor has become a favourite target of counterfeiters - with some types having been found blended with pesticides.

Guizhou authorities found a large quantity of fake Maotai recently mixed with toxic pesticides and packaged as limited-edition liquor for State Council banquets, local media said.

12 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Diageo eyes 43pc stake in Chinese white spirit maker

Diageo, the world's largest liquor company, plans to buy 43 per cent of a Chinese white spirit maker to enlarge its mainland production capacity and sales opportunities.

The British-based company will buy the stake through its subsidiary, Diageo Highlands Holding, according to a statement.

13 Dec 2006 - 12:00am