The trip to Guangzhou’s airport starts with an incident, revealing Chinese flexibility (at least with Western people). The maximum permitted luggage weight for domestic flights is twenty kilos. However, with all the documentation I was carrying with me, my luggage was exceedingly overweight. The ground hostess tells me I can fly only if I pay a significant extra charge. I then decide to call Xiao Wen - Shi Qinggi’s assistant - on the phone to tell her about my dissatisfaction because I am working on a matter that is positive for China and I have been paying for it out of my own pocket, and now I am not even allowed to take these excess kilos. So, as the airline supervisor ...

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