There's a news report that Apple is opening a shop inside another store in Shanghai, and two stores in Beijing. The one in Sanlitun makes sense, because it has expats, foreign currency levels, and foot traffic. The one in Qianmen seems more interesting. In 2004 that area was nice and funky, still like a neighborhood... it was historically the brothel zone for the court. In 2007 I was shocked that the whole area was cordoned off and under reconstruction. From the giant posters, the renovation should look quite stunning, with references to the past, but new buildings designed to look old. Should pick up a lot of foot traffic being south of Tiananmen Square, near Party headquarters and the rest. Apple didn't try to put a store up in the Zhongguancun hi-tech area though, where price is king.