Third Apple Store opens in Beijing to long lines

Third Apple Store opens in Beijing to long lines
The Wangfujing Apple Store, the third one located in the Chinese city of Beijing, opened Saturday to long lines of residents and tourists who braved the bitter cold to make sure that they would get inside the store. The three story building includes Asia's first all glass stair case and the location is Apple's largest on the continent. The Wangfujing Apple Store is located in a historic district in a newly renovated shopping mall and inside there are 300 employees and two 360 degree Genius Bars. A huge LED display blinks messages.

Last minute meeting inside the store

Last minute meeting inside the store

Apple Senior VP of Retail, John Brewett, took a preview tour of the store on Thursday, telling reporters that yet another Apple Store will open in Shenzhen, soon. Currently, the country supports six Apple Stores with employment of 800 people. The two other stores in Beijing are in the Salitun area, and in the Xidan district. The new store is close to both locations. 

The Salitun store is where a near riot broke out this past January when Apple was about to offer the Apple iPhone 4S in the store. A delay in the store's opening was announced and those who had waited in line started throwing eggs and rocks at the police. It would have been the first time that Apple's iconic smartphone could have been purchased at an official Apple Store in the country. Instead, following the incident, Apple limited sales of the Apple iPhone 4S in China to those made online or at the retail locations of China Unicom.

source: M.I.C.Gadget via iPodnn



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33 Comments

1. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

"A delay in the store's opening was announced and those who had waited in line started throwing eggs and rocks at the police." They should have thrown apples...

2. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Yeah, i agree with you on that one, cause remember that ole saying. Never throw stones if you live in a glass house. But also i have to hand it to China, for the turn around on ex-President Nixon, who "Opened up China" to the rest of the world. Thinking he would be able to sell American goods to the Chinese. What a joke that turned out to be. 8*(

3. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Regardless of how you may personally feel about the company itself, it sucks that you think the folks lowest on the food chain (Apple Store workers) should be subjected to that kind of treatment seeing as they make no decisions on what Apple does and doesn't do. The new store is absolutely beautiful, by the way.

4. TheDarkKnight

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Only apple can do this- Tim cook says this over and over again and now I think he's right. Once I went to the Samsung 'service centre' because my S3 had a problem. The guy there spoke to me like i was a criminal, constantly trying to prove that problem never existed. Eventually they said it was a defective unit and replaced it after three days. Then a month later I went to an apple store in Hongkong. I had problems with my 4S and iPad 3. First of, the store was beautiful with a glass staircase and I loved the way the employees were given iPod touchs. Also, they plugged my 4S and ipad into a system that gave them information battery status and helped them detect abnormal behavior. When I told the guy about the ipad problem he quickly fixed it saying that it was a software problem. With my 4S he readily replaced my unit with a brand new iPhone 4S unit. I am impressed, as I haven't seen any other company do this.

5. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Buy a Sony.

9. TheDarkKnight

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

I do like Xperia but why do you think I should buy Sony?

24. ChangMin2012

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

Cause they never like the copycat known as Samesung...

29. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Buy a Sony because they have great customer service. I'm not referring to OS updates though recently Sony gives out timely OS updates. I have an Xperia S (going 6 months now) and I was one of those who experienced the "yellow tint" issue. I went to Sony and asked if they can do something about it and they replaced it right then and there. Prior to that I had an Xperia Neo and that one suffered from overheating. According to some Xperia Neo owners it was normal but it was too warm for me so I also brought it to Sony and they also replaced it (it still got warm from time to time but not as warm as the first one). Also, before the capacitive smartphone craze started I had a Sony Ericsson P990 and I had it for more than 5 years. AND I had excellent customer service from Sony all those times. Free service whenever I had to replace something, I just paid fo the parts.

30. THE-DARK-KNIGHT

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

Well said

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Samsung does not have good customer service despite people flocking to their phones and calling them the best. That plus the recent announcement that the S3 will not see Jellybean until next year doesn't help much. Say what you want about Apple but at least you'll get serviced when you go to one of their stores.

8. mrbtree98

Posts: 50; Member since: Aug 04, 2012

the s3 in the us won't see jellybean until 2013. the international models are already getting jb. as for customer service i don't know because i haven't owned a samsung phone but my friend had a warranty issue where he was out by 2 weeks and they let him claim on the warranty.

32. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

No body claim that samsung is the best. They are just a viable options unlike apple fanboy that don't have one.

33. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Plus apple also has their share of the problem with customer service those that denied it should visit them with a water red mark triggered due to condensation or a slightly dented iPad. Gee!!! fans really lose perceptive.

10. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

In hongkong did they have a glass staircase? Hongkong belongs to Asia, my friend and the above store features the first glass staircase in Asia. Are you sure you weren't dreaming??

20. THE-DARK-KNIGHT

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

Yes there is a glass staircase in the HK. Why don't you search on google.

35. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

No, thanks. Don't really care about Apple.

11. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Oh what a beautiful glass staircase; tell me, were you able to make your grand entrance to an awaiting flock. Did you wear your glass slippers and tiAra? I've been into the store on Fifth Avenue a few times and, quite frankly, find the entire experience nauseating. It's a sea of mindless people engaging in the only social activity that seems to validate them as, they walk around demoing the various "same" devices, pretending to know what they're doing. And, all just so they can subsequently call their friends to tell them that they had been to "the farm". My favorite part is when I ask one of those iMiSfiTs, wearing one of those hideous blue T-shirts, a technical question; they usually give a misinformed answer. Which, to me, only further reAffirms that everything in that God awful hell hole is staged and scripted. My favorite part, though, is when I correctly challenge them on their wrong answers; it's almost like the scene in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy throws water on the Wicked Witch of the West, their screaming reaction is, 'I'm melting, look what you've done'! And, for this story I will gladly play the role of Dorothy (or iDorothy).

15. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

What has mxzyptlk, jstahl, jshan, galli and wendy, darkjedi will they be responding? Lmao.+1™®®

22. loli5

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

This happened...

23. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

apple is all about looks and marketting. they are different deep inside

28. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

It's easily done by Apple because every product they "replace" is another number into their system to boast their "market share". Every Apple "genius" will just tell you something is wrong with the software and try to offer you a new one, tell you "it's time for an update" or tell you to get a new one. It's what they're trained to do regardless of whether or not the device is faulty. During this process, they'll tell you about their new features in the latest model to try and convince you to get the latest model at 64gb with a data plan. Samsung has a different approach and is based on the employee's judgment. If the employee doesn't think anything is wrong with it, they'll ignore it and think you're just trying to get something for free. Also, if you don't know how to get basic information on your device such as battery status, you have more problems than thinking your device is faulty.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Simply brilliant. I like that Apple is expanding their stores. Nice looking building to.

12. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Just imagine Apple showroom in every country, they just spent millions. But hoping they will soon end up like Nokia closing stores or selling them. Give it a couple of years soon these brainless people should realize buying the same thing with few implements, over and over again. But then again nice architecture.™®©

26. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

brilliant? They have now 3 stores in their and yet all their stores look the same like their iproducts

19. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

actually the line was even longer but some of them went to sell their kidneys. iZombies

21. loli5

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Good to know my country (USA) isn't the only one chock full of idiots.

31. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

You hear that? Thats the sound of no one caring... -.-

34. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Why do people sleep in tents and wait days in line for apple devices? I mean yea someone who does this for a new PlayStation 4 or Xbox 720 would have a reason as their game systems will live up to a 8-10 value worth of games and entertainment. But never a apple product. Bunch of god damn dumb asses if you ask me, and no lets not do this every few years, lets do this EVERY YEAR FOR EVERY APPLE PRODUCT. HAHAHAHAHA. DUMBASSES

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