National Geographic : 2004 Jun
a day. Ranke Liu (below), a 28-year-old engineer at a British manufacturing company, joins Beijing's 1.2 million other car owners as he picks up the license plate for his first set of wheels, a locally built compact. Though the average city dweller's disposable income is less than $900 a year, the very rich can now afford a level of luxury unimaginable a generation ago: Premier brands like BMW and Rolls-Royce make up one-third of all cars sold in the country. The Hummer H2 (above) pitches to that high-end market at the Shenzhen auto show. 'Si'