Reflections too close for comfort for some How close is too close? Beijing Capital Land has an answer. The developer will offer 10 units in two towers of its three-block luxury Beijing development, The Reflections, to Hong Kong buyers this weekend at an average price of 70,000 yuan (HK$79,488) per square metre. You may ask why the developer is offering units to Hong Kong buyers in only two blocks of its development in Haidian district and not all three. The answer, Ah Pak understands, is that the third tower is too close to the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, a key venue for diplomatic activities. Since occupants of the third tower, facing the Beijing Yu Yuan Tan Park, will be able to see the guesthouse, the government is not recommending the sale of the units to non-mainlanders, including Chinese from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Diaoyutai was originally a holiday home for emperors during the Qing dynasty and was converted into a guesthouse in 1959. Since then it has served as a venue for leaders to receive visiting foreign guests and officials. It has housed many dignitaries from the mainland and abroad. During the Cultural Revolution, Jiang Qing, wife of chairman Mao Zedong, chose the guesthouse as a residence. Tomson scion draws fans in Facebook Have you ever made a Facebook fan page for your website? If you are popular (or perhaps rich) enough, someone might start one for you. Ah Pak hears that one of the latest popular fan pages in Greater China features Albert Tong, vice-chairman of Tomson Group. The 26-year-old Mr Tong (left), son of chairman and managing director Hsu Feng, is famous not only for his wealth but also his charming appearance. Intrigued, Ah Pak visited Mr Tong's fan page recently and found 64 fans, mostly - no surprise this - young ladies. They wanted Mr Tong to tell them such things as his age and who his dream lover is. Some even offered him a date, but the less romantically inclined wanted investment tips and advice about what property to buy. Tomson is the developer of the high-end Tomson Riviera project in Shanghai. If you want to take a peep at Mr Tong's fan base, click http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=76827901596&topic=8428 HK rents cost global retailers a bundle Another question: Which city can offer you the most leading global brands? The answer is London, according to CB Richard Ellis. In a research report, the international property consultancy noted that 59 per cent of leading global retailers were present in London, the highest concentration. Paris ranked second, with 50 per cent of leading retailers having a foothold in the French capital, followed by New York with 47 per cent. Hong Kong ranked 13th, with 38 per cent of global retailers present in the city. Another part of the survey may explain why. Though London drew the largest number of global retailers, it was not the most expensive in terms of retail rent. It ranked only sixth, with rents in the first quarter of the year of US$677 per square foot per annum. That was cheap compared with New York, the most expensive, with rentals of US$1,800 per sq ft per annum. Hong Kong, the second-most expensive, had rents of US$975 per sq ft per annum.