China

Up-speccing the Chinese market

The fast-growing Chinese visitor market is also fast evolving. Operators and marketers tell Philip Chandler that for Queenstown, especially, the major growth won't be cheap-and-cheerful Chinese coach tours. It's perhaps easy to get a bit cynical about the Chinese visitor...

Getting the hang of Hangzhou

With a population of nine million, Hangzhou is just one of countless, densely-populated Chinese cities. Or is it? Philip Chandler checks out Queenstown's sister city during a recent visit. Pulling up to our Marriott hotel, we spot a Bentley 4x4...
Queenstown's sister city relationship with a nine million-sized Chinese city is on a firmer footing following a mayoral-led delegation's visit last week. The resort's been linked with Hangzhou, three hours south of Shanghai, for four years. But having Jim Boult head...

Tiarn makes squad

Arrowtown teen Tiarn Collins has been named in New Zealand's Winter Olympic Games squad. The 17-year-old, who will compete in snowboard slopestyle and big air, is still pinching himself. "It is definitely surreal at the moment and hasn't really sunk in...

Chinese burn

Ouch, that's gotta hurt. Queenstown multisporter Hamish Fleming is recovering in China after ripping open his arm in a nasty crash. The Peak to Peak champion, 26, came off his mountain bike while racing with his team on the second day...
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