For every successful bar in Beijing there's another that bites the dust. For those that flourish, what is their secret? The owners of ‘The Loft’ say the secret to a successful bar is an original concept.

First broadcast:
4 November 2010

Can be used as part of a cultural debate on the western influence on Chinese life. Ask pupils to list the key aspects of a successful nightclub in Beijing. Working in groups, the pupils can draw up a business plan or generate ideas for a new business in Beijing. Take it in turns to present the students' business ideas to the whole class and explain the key elements for its possible success.