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July 10, 2008

Buy it in Beijing

With the Olympics quickly approaching, Western retailers have been racing to increase their presence in Beijing. Stores such as Wal-Mart and French superstore chain Carrefour are open for business with outlets throughout the city, while other global retailers are applying the finishing touches on their stores -- Apple will open its first Beijing retail store on July 19. If you’re wondering what to pack, don’t worry too much -- virtually every product you can find in America is available here for much less. After all, most of the products we use on a daily basis are made in China. There are some exceptions, of course; you may not be able to find the same brand names, and for whatever reason, deodorant is extremely hard to come by (though available if you have time to search). Western retailers are also a blessing for photographers --- because the city is littered with gray market cameras and accessories, head to Wal-Mart or Carrefour to pick these items up as well.



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