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In China, pets were once banned. Now millennials send their dogs to spas

By Hannah Yi

A dog’s life in China isn’t so bad. How about a swim in a heated pool, a movie in a comfy recliner seat, or a freshly prepared organic meal, followed by a stop at the dry bar? Welcome to Beijing’s dog spa.

Owning pets was once banned in China because the country’s founding father Mao Zedong considered it a bourgeois hobby. Today, pet ownership is booming. Chinese millennials have more spending power than ever, and a growing elderly population is turning to canines for companionship. Last year, Chinese consumers spent 17.5 billion yuan ($2.6 billion) on pets. By 2022, they’re expected to spend 46.3 billion yuan ($7 billion).

Watch our video for a look inside a resort exclusively for dogs.