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.Monday, 11 March, 2013, 7:32pm 1 comment
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
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
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
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
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
Save the Maotai for the foreigners, professor urges9 Mar 2011 - 12:00am
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
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
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