Globe and Mail’s China Diary series: Fascinating peek at today’s China

Posted on January 30th, 2013 by Laura Byrne Paquet in Culture, News

Beijing West Train Station

Many holiday journeys will start at Beijing West Train Station. Flickr/Creative Commons photo by knittymarie.

Want a great glimpse into today’s China? Check out The Globe and Mail‘s current China Diaries series. The Globe’s China correspondent, Mark MacKinnon, and staff photojournalist John Lehmann are travelling the route of the Long March, mainly by train. (The photo above is not Lehmann’s due to copyright restrictions.)

Today’s installment looks at an enterprising young man who rents himself out as a platonic “boyfriend” to women travelling home for Chinese New Year, to convince their families they have good romantic prospects.

Previous posts have included a detailed description of a 21-hour train trip and a fascinating article about the gap between rich and poor in Chongqing (in which one rich guy blithely orders 200 bottles of champagne for his nightclub table). There’s also a great photo gallery from the Xi’an train station.

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