The majority of Chinese people consider it a delicacy. Those who keep on finding it particularly expensive say they keep it for spicing kids' food, but most of people love it for dressing cold dishes, a new habit that in a nation with a billion shoppers can make a difference.
It has become more and more common for foreign restaurants in China to serve a mix of olive oil and balsamic vinegar as a pre-appetizer, to be tasted with bread or grissini. This tradition is not that common in Italy, where extra virgin oil is much more appreciated with either hot or cold bruschetta, but it is growing in China. And indeed it has become more and more frequent for Chinese families to welcome their foreign friends or to impress their local mates showing off their "foreign" connections with a slice of bread to be dipped into extra virgin oil.
A country that is often blamed for selling "copies" of any kind of product on its market, is of course already trying to take advantage of Chinese people new thirst for Italian olive oil. However, local consumers have stressed that before buying a bottle of oil, the carefully check whether it comes from Italy or elsewhere. They argue that if they cannot afford the original version of this delicious dressing, it is not worth to taste a copy of it.