Focus 18: Unicorn Top 50 ranking
When US investor Aileen Lee coined the term ‘unicorn’ in Silicon Valley in 2013 she introduced 39 firms that were valued at $1 billion or more. Not one of them was Chinese. Today as many as 900 companies claim unicorn status, with about a fifth of the herd emerging from China. Top 50 China Unicorns outlines the leaders in the group with brief profiles of each. A summary of the ranking can be downloaded here.
Here’s our review of the major changes in the ranking’s latest edition, published in November 2021.
Read on for more on the top unicorns below (click on each for a company profile, including links to Week in China articles on the firm). The ranking is updated every quarter.
Are you a China unicorn that our readers should know more about? If so, get in touch with us here.
Focus 17: An A-Z of Chinese History
An A-Z of Chinese History takes you on a whistle-stop tour of the nation’s past, picking out the tales of the key people, places and events that still shape China today. From the hugely influential Analects of Confucius all the way through to the battle strategies of Zhuge Liang, each chapter says something different about the past – including many centuries of imperial China – as well as something more about the country today.
To download the full 92-page book, click here
Or read it online, via the chapters below
Focus 16: China in 50 Dishes
China In 50 Dishes showcases the country’s classic cuisine in all of its salty, spicy, sour, bitter and sweet glory.
From noodles to dim sum to desserts, we take you on a mouthwatering tour of 50 different types of Chinese food, talking about their origins, how they are prepared and a few of the best places to enjoy them.
First on the menu is an introduction of the Four “Great” Cuisines of China: Shandong cuisine or lu cai, from the north; Sichuan cuisine or chuan cai for the western regions; Huaiyang cuisine from the eastern coast; and Cantonese cuisine or yue cai from the south. After that there is a selection of dishes from each culinary style, plus an extra category for favourites that originate from other parts of China, including Yunnan, Dongbei, Hunan and Xinjiang.
Happy reading – and happy eating!
To download China In 50 Dishes, click here
To read it online, check out the chapters below
Focus 12: The Pearl River Delta
How much do you know about the Pearl River Delta? For many of us the short answer is ‘not enough’, especially for a region that is now a crucial contributor to global growth.
Week in China looks at how the Pearl River Delta (usually abbreviated as the PRD) has emerged as an economic powerhouse – contributing about a tenth of China’s GDP. In the sections below we review its key cities and companies, and outline some of the challenges and opportunities it will face in the years ahead.
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