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One of the last representatives of China's prerevolutionary glamour sits in a ramshackle courtyard, somewhere in the maze of Beijing's fast-vanishing hutongs, or alleyways. For 60 years, master dressmaker Cao Senlin, tel: (86-10) 6526 4515, has been producing the slinky silk dresses known as cheongsam. And although you could get these at one of the modern tailors that have sprung up in the capital, you would be missing out on a historic opportunity if you were to bypass the 78-year-old's tiny, 150-square-foot atelier.

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For the uninitiated, the traditional Chinese cheongsam is a tightly fitted garment, with side slits...

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