Out with the 2012 dragon, in with the 2013 snake. Chinese believe that dragon is the symbol of Yang, and snake is the symbol of Yin. 2013 is the year of the water snake, according to Feng Shui consultant Marites Allen. It is the best time to start a new life. It has the presence of two wood elements, two water, tow earth, a metal, and a fire. So, this is a complete set of elements. In other words, snake-people like to possess the finer things in life.
Today’s featured Top 10 2013 Awards Winner for the East Coast is Marc-Michaels Interior Design, Inc., a global firm renowned for creating artistic and high end interiors. Based in Winter Park, Florida, the active full-service interior design firm uses an in-depth knowledge of the luxury buyer’s needs and desires to create beautiful interiors in a range of styles.
The approaching year of the snake on the Chinese calendar will ring in a new era of opulence for DARTZ Mortorz Company, the Latvia-based luxury tank manufacturer. The Black Snake, the company’s first non-armored vehicle, is based on the Mercedes GL 63 AMG and is geared only at the Chinese market with an even more sybaritic model, the Black Falcon, to arrive in the Middle East later this year.
Four of the top five international destinations for luxury travelers are in Europe, led by European river cruises, Travel Leaders Group reports in its list of the top luxury travel trends for 2013. The ranking is based on findings from its annual Travel Trends Survey.
As Jing Daily recently pointed out, China has undoubtedly become a globetrotting nation, with the country’s outbound tourists expected to take over 100 million trips by 2020 and jet-setting to every corner of the world. With this in mind, global luxury brands have been working overtime to think of ways to appeal to and take advantage of an influx of mainland Chinese tourist-shoppers, a group that has, according to KPMG’s recent “The Global Reach of China Luxury” report, shown it is “able — and willing — to pay more.”