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China café

Our coffee shop is the only one of its kind around and we have to turn away customers. Anyone want to open up a rival business?
Mark Kitto  

China café

I lived in Shanghai for seven years and I was last in the city six months ago—yet downtown is already completely unrecognisable
Mark Kitto  

China café

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…
Mark Kitto  

China café

My neighbour, who has just died, suffered in the cultural revolution. But no one ever tried to make amends. There's no truth and reconciliation commission in China
Mark Kitto  

China café

Religion in Chinese public life can be a delicate balancing act. My neighbours still managed to put on an early Christmas service—complete with a deafening brass band
Mark Kitto  

China café

There's no stopping progress in China—dirt roads are replacing the lovely old mountain trails, and only I seem to care. Luckily, it's the time of year to get drunk
Mark Kitto  

China café

Years of authoritarian rule have made China into a "me first" society. But among my neighbours, manners survive. Plus, the highway patrol and the end of the tourist season
Mark Kitto  

China café

Living on a mountain adds to the problem of finding a good school. Our nearest town is 40 minutes' drive away. Should my daughter be a boarder, like the other six year olds?
Mark Kitto