Galeries Lafayette, the iconic department store in Paris and a major shopping destination for throngs of Chinese tourists, will be giving it a second shot in China next year.
Tianjin, one of the four municipalities directly under the central government, is considered by many to be the gateway to Beijing.
An ankle-length dress with suspenders and prominent prints of teapots in different colors and shapes on display in the window of a store called Chictopia. Streams of women visiting Nanluoguxiang, one of Beijing's traditional alleyways, stop to stare at the dress and discuss its bold and arresting design.
For Lisa Xia, who moved to the United States at age 4, her mother's story was one more symbol of the distance between them, an account of a history that felt worlds away. So when a documentary-film maker interviewed the two women in hope of adapting the book for the screen, it was clear that their relationship should play a pivotal role in the story.
Martin Jacques says China doom-mongers were typically dismissive when he argued the former Middle Kingdom would have a central role in shaping the 21st century.
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