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Meeting the Growing Demand for Healthcare in China
Lion dance performance

The healthcare industry in China is on the rise. Factors such as a growing middle class, a large aging population and greater instances of chronic disease, combined with the Chinese government’s commitments to healthcare investment and reform have attributed to this growth. Chinese government spending on healthcare increased by 27 percent in 2012. And, in 2011, China overtook Germany to become the 3rd largest pharmaceutical market with estimated value of $64 billion. By 2015, China is forecasted to be the 2nd largest market in Asia overtaking Japan in this space.

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Chinese New Year: Traveling the Roadways of Rural China
Village along the Li River

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

This weekend, millions of Chinese will travel afar to spend their New Year in their home town. I might find myself traveling away from my home town of Hong Kong and on the road in China.  Two years ago, my family and I drove straight through wealthy and industrious Guangdong province and deep into the less developed and mostly agricultural Guangxi province. There, we saw the hauntingly beautiful karst mountains along the Li River near Yangshuo and the Longsheng Rice Terraces near Guilin.

However, this blog entry isn’t about what I saw around Guilin. You can see for yourself in the photo collage I’ve provided here!  Rather, I was most impressed by the 1,800 kilometers of road and expressways that took us to our destination and back home.

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UPS Delivers Adoption Papers, Builds a Family
residential delivery

In 1913, UPS grew its business by making residential deliveries for department stores. And today, UPS delivers 35% of its packages to residential addresses across the United States.

I stopped by the home of Charlie Grimm, who lives in York, Pa. to speak with him about a special residential delivery he received.  Let’s hear how one important package changed his life…

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A Different Kind of Peak Season

When I was a young boy growing up in Louisville, Ky., it was always a treat when my parents took me to the House of Chen, one of the few local Chinese restaurants in my hometown at that time.

The restaurant was owned and operated by Mr. Chen himself, who presided over every table with serious attention. And his menu, which favored Cantonese dishes, was much more authentic than what is typically found in most Chinese-American restaurants today. I don’t think Mr. Chen even gave you a fortune cookie after the meal.

But beyond the culinary pleasures it offered, the House of Chen was a fascinating place for me. It was truly a beautiful restaurant, decorated tastefully with embroidered silk art work and delicately carved wood statues. When you walked through the door, you were instantly transported to a distant and exotic land and my visits there – so many years ago – whetted my appetite for not only Chinese food, but also a lifelong interest in Chinese history and culture.

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In Asia, Helping Businesses Connect Across the Globe

ShenzhenIf you’ve followed news about UPS during the past two weeks, you’ve probably heard several announcements about our expansion in Asia.

From our alliance with Alibaba, the world’s largest e-commerce provider for small businesses to a new joint venture company that offers wider access to shipping services across Vietnam. And yesterday, when we officially opened our new hub at the Shenzhen Baoan International Airport in China, Asia is a top priority for UPS.

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Chinese Terra Cotta Warriors Homeward Bound

Terra Cotta WarriorsFor the past year, I’ve had the honor – and yes, the occasional headache – of being on the UPS project team responsible for transporting a priceless exhibit of 2,200-year-old Chinese terra cotta warriors, horses and other artifacts in a coast-to-coast tour. This week, after hundreds of thousands of people viewed the exhibit, the life-size terra cotta warriors returned home to China.

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The Annual Roadtrip for Chinese New Year

This year, Valentine’s Day happens to coincide with the first day of the Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, as it’s known in China. 2010 marks the Year of the Tiger in the lunar calendar and the national holiday lasts from 13 to 19 of February. Read More »

Spring Arrives in Asia with Chinese New Year Festivities

While the rest of the world settles down into the year after the winter holidays, here in Asia, we await the arrival of the Spring Festival. Commonly referred to as Chinese New Year, it is the most important celebration in the Lunar calendar, beginning on the first day of the first month of the year and lasts for 15 days – it’s pretty much like Christmas! Read More »