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Fear and poverty still hold millions of Chinese back. And inflation is hitting the poor hard. No wonder my 73-year-old neighbour walks for three hours to get a haircut

By Mark Kitto   April 2008

The Chinese fear of the “what if?”

My coffee shop is open for business again. So far, we’ve had only occasional custom, but that’s an improvement on this time last year. The Moganshan tourist season doesn’t kick off until May. The big hotels are still deserted, which is why Xiao Zhou, a waitress at the nearby White Cloud resort, dropped by for a chat. She ended up helping out in the café. I think she enjoyed the change and it was useful to have a professional waitress around. Xiao Zhou is also very pretty and that seems to make…

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