HONG KONG: Marco Polo's Mixer

In the international community of Hong Kong, few invitations are more coveted than the simple postcard reminder mailed once a month to 200 or so carefully chosen residents of the British Colony. The card requests their presence at cocktails, a European-style formal dinner, and a screening of Chinese films on the last Thursday of each month in a private dining room of the Mandarin Hotel. The recipients—journalists, businessmen, trade representatives and consular officials—seldom decline this summons. All of them are members of the Marco Polo Club, the world's only social organization in...

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