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New York Times: Luxury Stores Pull Out Mandarin Phrase Books to Make the Sale

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Over five days in January, a group of visitors to New York was treated to a private concert with the pianist Lang Lang at the Montblanc store, cocktails and a fashion show attended by the designers Oscar de la Renta and Diane Von Furstenberg, and a tour of Estée Lauder’s original office.

They were not celebrities. They were not government officials. They were Chinese tourists with a lot of money.

Luxury Stores Pull Out Mandarin Phrase Books to Make the Sale - New York Times