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My neighbours are building new homes and renting their old houses to foreigners. But the Chinese have a slippery notion of property rights. Plus, the worst winter in 50 years

By Mark Kitto   March 2008

How I became a museum consultant

The call came at 7.30am. “Mr Mark, can I take you to see my project today?” Before I could think of an excuse, Mr Fang went on. “I am waiting for you outside your coffee shop.”

Mr Fang is an entrepreneur from Wukang town, half an hour’s drive away. We spent the morning eating in his restaurant at the back of the mountain. It was a beautiful winter’s day. Once I had been shown round the guest rooms upstairs, expressed my approval and declined to take over the place, Mr Fang took…

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