As well as being a very successful business trip it was also an impressive social whirl. I have never eaten so much so consistently in all my life. Every day we had at least one 'banquet' (usually two) of typically a dozen courses. These banquets would sometimes take place in what I can only describe as Chinese versions of country estates, just a few of us and the staff in the middle of acres of lakes and lawns. What surprised me was that in eight days we only had two, small, bowls of rice. Given the vast amount we ate, with so few carbs, I think I can now vouch for the Atkins diet! The photo shows me having a late-night snack of scorpion, bought at a street food stall in Beijing.
If all goes well I hope to return to China later this year.