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My note to myself read: dinner for ten Atomic Bombshells, 7pm. I'd been warned that the burlesque troupe like to let their hair down…

By Mark Kitto   March 2009

On the road in China

During the Chinese new year holiday I took the family (wife, two children, recently widowed father-in-law, dog) on a road trip. It was a novel concept for my Chinese wife and her father, and only agreed to with some trepidation. I explained the principle: that we should expect the worst, and then everything would be fine, and neglected to admit that it was my own first road trip.

It was a resounding success. We stumbled across remarkably pleasant state-run hotels, with helpful and charming staff, at precisely the right moment at the end of each…

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