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Moganshan, east China: a secret donation

By Mark Kitto   October 2011

Waste is endemic in China. When you have the world’s biggest pipes, you’ll have the biggest leaks. And besides natural resources, there are other, less obvious wastes.

The village where we live is wasted. Moganshan was built by foreigners in the early 1900s as a summer resort. The 200-odd stone villas were occupied from May to October by families from all over the globe.

Mrs Zhang and her granddaughter stayed near me for the school holidays. She has the use of a villa from her husband’s parents, who slipped in and changed the locks after 1949, when the owners left…

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