Frank Langfitt

Frank Langfitt appears in the following:

Consumer Confidence Slides In China, With Effects Beyond Its Borders

Monday, February 08, 2016

As China's stock market falls and economic growth slows, Chinese consumers are putting off purchases and trying to get their money overseas.


Glitches Complicate Chinese New Year Travel Plans

Friday, February 05, 2016

The world's largest annual human migration is underway in China as hundreds of millions head home to spend the Lunar New Year with their families. Trains, buses and planes are jammed with travelers.


Far From Sunday's Super Bowl, A Football Championship In China

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

A grass-roots league is gaining fans in China; last month, Shanghai's Nighthawks and Warriors vied for the championship. The players learned about football via Hollywood movies and online NFL games.


It's Hard To Miss Shanghai's Amazing Styrofoam Men

Monday, February 01, 2016

Men driving mountains of plastic foam are a common sight in Shanghai, but this guy is in a league of his own.


China's Economy Grows At Its Slowest Rate In 25 Years

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

China's annual growth dipped to 6.9 percent. Not since China faced international sanctions over the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre has its economy grown at such a slow pace.


Missing Bookseller Raises Doubts About Free Speech In Hong Kong

Monday, January 18, 2016

There's another surprising twist in the case of missing Hong Kong booksellers. One of the men appeared in mainland China, on government-run TV, and made a video-taped confession to an unrelated crime.


What Is Behind The Volatility In China's Financial Markets?

Friday, January 08, 2016

It's been an unnerving week for China's economy, the world's second largest. Prices fell so sharply on the Shanghai stock exchange that trading had to be halted for the day โ€” twice.


Why 'Star Wars' Tickets May Be A Tough Sell In China

Friday, January 08, 2016

The franchise isn't well known in the world's second-largest movie market. When the first Star Wars film debuted in 1977, Chinese were still wearing Mao suits and were largely cut off from the world.


The Plot Thickens In The Mystery Of Hong Kong's Missing Booksellers

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Five booksellers have disappeared. "Everything is normal," one allegedly wrote in a fax to a colleague. But many doubt it, and suspect he and the others have been abducted by mainland Chinese agents.


What's Driving The Electric Car Trend In China?

Monday, December 14, 2015

Increased electric car sales are good for a country with a big pollution problem. Until recently only a few clean cars were on the road. The sales are also a bright spot for China's economy.


China's Steel Industry Is A Classic Tale Of Overbuilding

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

China's steel sector used to be one of the country's industrial champs, growing at double-digit rates year after year. This year, however, demand has fallen for the first time in two decades.


China's Greenhouse Gases Don't Seem To Trouble Most Of Its Citizens

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Chinese tend to ignore the dangers of global warming even though the country already suffers the consequences of pollution today and faces serious potential threats in the longer term.


Ashes Stolen From Chinese Cemetery, Held For Ransom

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

China is infamous for innovative scams. The latest? Grave robbers ransacked a cemetery in Henan province in central China last week and held the ashes of the deceased hostage.


E-Commerce Is A Bright Spot In China's Slumping Economy

Thursday, November 12, 2015

China's old industrial sector continues to decline. One of the economy's sectors that is doing well is e-commerce. But is its rapid expansion enough to halt the overall slide in China's growth?


Chinese Online Retailer Alibaba Racks Up Sales On Singles Day

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The one-day shopping spree is promoted by China's online retail giant Alibaba. More than $10 billion in sales were generated โ€” more than five times the volume of last year's Cyber Monday in the U.S.


Historic Handshake: China, Taiwan Leaders Meet For First Time In 66 Years

Saturday, November 07, 2015

A meaningful moment in Asia, as the leaders of China and Taiwan sit down for their first direct meeting since the end of the Chinese Civil War.


For First Time In 6 Decades, Chinese, Taiwanese Leaders To Meet

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

The leaders of China and Taiwan will meet in Singapore on Saturday, the first such meeting since the end of China's civil war in 1949. It comes just a couple of months before Taiwan's election.


China's White Elephants: Ghost Cities, Lonely Airports, Desolate Factories

Thursday, October 15, 2015

China's economic growth is slowing and misallocation of resources is making things worse. In one city in recession, the new airport is mostly empty and plans for a giant liquor factory have stalled.


How Traveling In China Went From Adventure To Ordeal

Sunday, October 11, 2015

China just wrapped up a holiday week in which an estimated 500 million people traveled around the country. NPR's Frank Langfitt explains why his family rarely travels for fun anymore in China.


A 'Sense Of Crisis' Now In A Chinese Boomtown Gone Bust

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The city of Luliang, in China's coalfields, was to become home to a $5 billion business district. But corruption, reckless pursuit of growth and overcapacity led to a crash in its industrial economy.