Still, some skepticism remains. Li Fei, marketing professor at Tsinghua University, noted a large portion of malls and shopping centers in Beijing are already struggling for customers. "After the Olympics, problems will unfold since the number of customers will be reduced," said Li. "This will require the shopping centers to make changes in the way they do business in order to survive."
But the new, more modern Beijing, chock-full of restaurants, clubs, galleries and a downright shocking