Update 2: The archives of the Atlantic Monthly from 1995 until the present are now available on-line for free, so everyone has access to the great article by James Fallows about China that I cite below. In a more recent issue, he has an interesting article about dollars, trade deficits and China (amazing factoid from Fallows: "In effect, every person in the (rich) United States has over the past 10 years or so borrowed about $4,000 from someone in the (poor) People’s Republic of China.")
Shanghai-based journalist James Fallows (author of a piece about China's industrial revolution in the Atlantic Monthly
When I visited Hong Kong two years ago, I saw similarly odd advertisements in Kowloon, somewhere near the north side of Kowloon Park. The signs said "The Pacifica," but the photos screamed "Paris." For example, a photo of I.M. Pei's pyramid at the Louvre Museum:
And a photo of the Eiffel Tower:
Perhaps "The Atlantica" didn't rate as well in focus group sessions, or the developers meant to call the building the "Pacifier" but the sign-maker made a mistake.
Random link from the archive: Insects as Food (October 2006)