updated 10:10 pm EDT, Mon October 15, 2012
Increased attention being paid to China, Hong Kong
Apple's third retail store in Beijing, China will open at 9AM local time this Saturday, October 20. The store will be located on Wangfujing Street, a pedestrian mall of over 200 shops that has had a retail emphasis for over 800 years and is considered a major shopping destination for both locals and tourists. The location is about a mile from the historic Forbidden City as well as Tiananmen Square, and is said to be the largest Apple retail store in Asia, featuring a wide, curved glass entrance and multiple storeys.
The store will occupy a corner building (picture below) and will take up at least the bottom half of the building and may have plans for all four storeys. The new store will be about two miles east of the Xidan Joy City store, and about 3.5 miles southwest of the Salitun store, China's first Apple store. According to Chinese retail site M.I.C. Gadget, the timing of the store opening might coincide with the introduction of the iPhone 5 in China, though at present the store's site page at Apple only refers to the iPhone 4S.
Classes are already planned for the store's second day, including topics such as the iPhone 4S, the iPad, the iTunes-iPod connection, the App Store, the Mac lineup, and iPhoto for Mac. China's Hong Kong territory recently opened its own second store, with a third rumored to be coming to Hysan Place in Causeway Bay in the near future. In addition, Apple is said to be planning a data center in the region, which will be starting construction early next year.