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Zhao Wei on Rich & Famous

Actress Zhao Wei is on the cover of Rich & Famous magazine's January issue.

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Zhao Wei became a household name in China for her role as Princess Pearl in the Qing Dynasty soap opera 'huang zhu ge ge' or 'Return of Princess Pearl'. One of her more interesting roles was in Zhang Yuan's story of gay Beijing 'East Palace West Palace'.

This month's letter from the publisher, Shen Qing, has a nice line about Beijing and Shanghai:
" A friend says Shanghai is a lover, you love and you hate her. Beijing is a drug; even though you know it's screwing you up, you just can't leave."

Rich & Famous' January coverlines are:

Zhao Wei: Almost grown up

Xu Jinglei: a woman at 30

Doting on Pu Shu

He Rundong: only remembers today's laughter

Li Quan: Synthesis of music and man

Image of 2003
Memories and fantasies of glamour
10 good and bad things; 38 brilliant photos

Johnny Depp

The Hilton sisters (of Paris Hilton fame)

Tom Ford leaves Gucci

Hollywood celebrities brand fetishes

Zhao Baogang
The star-making king of Chinese TV series

Er Dongsheng: 30 years to learn how to forget

British royal family
The dusk of the empire on which the sun never sets

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