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My neighbour blames me for foreign tourists. I’d sympathise more if he wasn’t a foreigner too

By Mark Kitto   September 2009

I know a couple who have just lost their life savings and their retirement home at the same time. They had spent their nest egg on an apartment set aside for their retirement in Wukang, the town nearest the bottom of the mountain. At a certain age, locals usually retreat to the town because utilities such as water and electricity work all year round, unlike the mountain top where they break down in the winter.

The couple are not victims of the recession or a bank collapse. Instead, their son stole their home. The theft was artless in its simplicity.…

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