Chinese rush to luxurious products
Updated: 2012-02-08 14:36
China accumulated certain personal and social wealth by hard work in the past 30 years, but it has turned into a big question that how China should avoid intensively and rapidly spending it on luxurious products and make it a long-term capital for the sustainable development.
According to latest data issued by the World Luxury Association on Feb. 1, Chinese's expenditure on overseas luxurious products in the Spring Festival of 2012 had increased by about 30 percent compared to that in the Spring Festival of 2011. Of the total expenditure on luxurious products of Europe, Macao and Hong Kong, Chinese's expenditure accounted for about two thirds. In North America, Chinese's expenditure accounted for one third.
China's economy has been growing rapidly for 30 years, leading to a great rise in the consumption power of the country and the people of the country. The Chinese consumers, who go to London, Pairs and New York by air in groups, crowd tightly in front of luxury shops and spend money like water, have performed a reality show of “Chinese richness” for the world.
People know etiquette after they have enough to eat. Such consuming behaviors by some Chinese people are unavoidable in the social development course. And we should be proud of the fact that Chinese people have become richer.
However, what worries me is the abnormal social state of mind behind the crazy money spending on luxurious products. China's group of people that is pursuing luxurious products is too large and too young. It is said that, China's luxurious product consumers are 10 years younger than those of Europe and the United States. High-end luxurious products which are originally designed for a few richest people and their sons and daughters have turned into “lovers” of common urban youths. The money worship declaration of “I would rather cry in a BMW car,” the many cases of individuals flaunting their name-brand bags and sports cars and the phenomenon of earning several thousands of yuan a month but buying a bag of tens of thousands of yuan are all reflections of the fact that many Chinese are obsessed by the material desire.
China indeed accumulated certain personal and social wealth by hard working in the past 30 years, but it has turned into a big question that how China should avoid intensively and rapidly spending it on luxurious products and make it a long-term capital for the sustainable development. Practically speaking, China should carry out social educations on blind consumption rather than encourage luxurious consumption and allow it ruin the youths. After all, most Chinese people are still not rich and are just working for a fairly comfortable life. Strictly speaking, the obsession to luxurious products is the reflection of the fact that Chinese people have lost their life goals and beliefs. If we do not cure it in time, the period when we spend money blindly and are conquered by overseas luxurious products will be longer than we expect.