A profile of Ma Xushu, who is the only watchmaker in China certified by the Switzerland based Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants. He has been recognized for designing and manufacturing his own unique brand of watch despite the difficulties of doing so in China.
Along with gambling, sex is big business in Macau. This story will explore how the sex trade works, and how it survives in a legal grey area bequeathed to Macau by its former Portuguese colonial rulers.
With more and more young Chinese graduates struggling to find work when they leave university, some enterprising students at the Zhuhai campus of Beijing Normal University have gone into business for themselves. They've set up shops and restaurants, often on campus on adjacent o it- with the support of the university and the local authorities, who are eager to promote the entrepreneurial spirit.
One of the attractions of the huge Venetian Casino and resort in Macau is a network of canals designed to resemble those in Venice. The canals have their own gondolas- and gondoliers- some of whom were real gondoliers in Venice. Due to the dismal economic situation in Italy, however, they have left Venice to earn a better living as "fake" gondliers on fake canals, entertaining droves of Chinese tourists.
With the growth of a wealthy middle class in mainland China eager for all kinds of consumer goods- not always available or affordable in the mainland- a new breed of traders has emerged- purchasing agents. These are people who buy goods of all types in Macau and then bring it across the border- sometimes openly, often by smuggling it- and then reap significant profits by reselling the items in China.
A look at overcrowding in the tiny territory and the pressures created by the huge influx of visitors, mostly from mainland China
One of the most remarkable engineering projects ever undertaken, this bridge will link Hong Kong, Macau, and the Chinese city of Zhuhai, fundamentally changing the economic landscape of the Pearl River Delta.
Sun Zhe, commenting on the US-China discussions at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Beijing on November 12, 2014. He was quoted by Reuters.