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Apple opens first Chinese retail store

updated 09:10 am EDT, Fri July 18, 2008

Apple opens Beijing store

Apple has opened its first retail store in China, according to reports. While the store will only technically open on July 19th, Apple has taken the unusual step of providing a sneak preview a day in advance, instead of an hour in advance as at most of its retail openings. The store is located on Sanlitun street in Beijing, and is surrounded by a number of other Western retailers, most notably Adidas.

Also unusual is that despite being in China, the store's Genius Bar will serve people in a number of languages beyond Mandarin, including English and German. Likely to be helpful for sales during August's Summer Olympics, Sanlitun is also generally well-known as a destination for expatriates, who may be more likely to buy Apple products.

Apple has confirmed that the next Chinese store will open on Qianmen, just south of Beijing's Tiananmen Square, and that locations in Shanghai and elsewhere are planned. The iPhone 3G is expected to ship in China as well, though Apple cannot provide a date or status on negotiations with cellphone carriers.






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  1. manleycreative

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    Leftists against Leftists

    I call first dibs on protesting this store and also to extinguishing any Olympic flame that runs by it! Call Amnesty International! lol

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    wonder

    how many people will bring in their black-market knock-off iPods and iPhones to the genius bar trying to get them fixed...

  1. lurkerdude

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    I predict that...

    ...one day, someone will post something critical of the government, something promoting Falun Gong, or something else that the Chinese government really really doesn't like from an Apple Store.

    Wishful thinking maybe, but I hope Apple has taken steps to ensure that it is not in a position to aid China in a persecution, a la Yahoo.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    Re: I predict that

    Um, since anyone can use the computers in the store, there'd be no way for Apple to aid the gov't.

    But how would this be different than any other place with computers on display or open for use?

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