China’s “Comfort Class” | The Bling Dynasty, National Geographic Magazine: Yvonne Lo, founder of Diva Life | Shanghai, China

Yvonne’s boutique spas in Shanghai offer 13 types of facials plus a chocolate pedicure for $48. Her father escaped China in 1949 with his family, and two of his siblings died in the crossing (there were ten children, his father had multiple wives). Yvonne’s family is typical of the Chinese who left but returned ten years ago when things were improving. Diva Life is set up for two types of clients; the ex-pat tai tai wives of diplomats and the Chinese who follow that crowd into Yvonne’s spa. Yvonne has the Diva life. She designs her own furniture, spa, and clothes. She spends the morning at the fabric market and meeting with her tailor, then goes to her office. The main reason she started the spa, however,  is to have spa treatments any day she likes.

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