CHINA: The Lotus Eaters

Well fortified with edible portions of the lotus plant, symbol of indolence and forgetfulness, former Prime Minister Clement Attlee and his roving band of British Laborites last week craned their tourist rubbernecks at Red China. The entertainment provided at Peking was at least as lavish as that shown the British in Moscow. One night there was a ten-course dinner for 400 at The House of Magnanimity (a former imperial palace), where the menu featured melon prepared in the shape of the shaven head of one of Buddha's disciples. On another occasion, a...

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