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"In December, 1985, I led a group of my fellow Berkeley MBA students on a winter-break trip to China. We wanted to make some contacts there and see, firsthand, the new economic forces at work. I especially wanted to visit Kunming because I had met some managers of the local telephone service when they were visiting California on a business trip the previous summer. They had done a great job selling me on their hometown with its wonderful weather that they described as 'four seasons like spring' (四季如春).
"We arrived on December 31 and spent New Year's Day celebrating with the locals—seeing the new cultural center, visiting a local teahouse that put on a live ethnic dance performance, walking around the crowded streets filled with pedestrians, and eating the local cuisine. What I remember most distinctly about our three short days there is something that I never could capture on film: the taste of the local chicken soup. I have to admit—it was the best I have ever had! (sorry Mom and Grandma!)"