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Moganshan has long been a hideaway. Chiang Kai-Shek spent his honeymoon here, Mao’s secret police locked people up in a secret villa, and the village is now a weekend escape for the expat wives of Shanghai… not to mention that I escaped to live here after a traumatic business experience.

So it was understandable that a local guesthouse was willing to take on as manager a young woman looking to get away from her recent past. They didn’t ask too many questions, even when her luggage was sent on a few days later. She had had to leave a forwarding…

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