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really felt like one in a billion
The big machine was in momentum all around. Many were afraid to speak, the Sino-Chinese summit was still a long way off, and with that the most memorable picture to come out of China; that lone protester standing in the line of an advancing tank column in Tian'men Square.
The Scribbling foreigner attracts attention.
"What you write?" an old man crouches beside you.
"It's about the scenery."
He smiles, and reveals two bottom teeth moulded in gold. Another nugget gleams from the top right-hand side of his mouth. Was the gap in the front the result of two being pawned, or is he still saving?
He smells of beer, is overseas Chinese, and works on the boats. He likes it that your countries are friends, and tells you that the large red sign on the bridge means: 'workers should work hard to build the city'.
A crowd appears. There are nods of approval, and sighs of comprehension. Many of the older people had probably studied when they were not supposed to.
China was, and still is, a very fascinating country. Sadly, the Mao suits are being replaced, and gold teeth cost more.
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