"I was never really a big coffee drinker and, of course, tea is the thing in China. But I just can't help myself. Also, the place I have now landed in, and my favourite, where most of my meetings and conversations seem to take place, is an eclectic mix of Chinese tea house and Western coffeeshop". Thus, begins Notes from a Beijing Coffeeshop, in which the author provides a series of fascinating observations...
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