Business: Intercontinental Checks into China

And its corporate parent, Pan Am, may follow

Peking may never rival Paris as a fixture on the international travel circuit, but the gradual parting of the Bamboo Curtain in the 1970s has enabled more and more foreigners to see the wonders of the Middle Kingdom. This year, 100,000 foreign tourists and businessmen-including 15,000 Americans—will visit China, and next year the total could double. What most visitors bring back, besides snapshots of the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs, are horror stories about the accommodations. Hotel rooms are hard to get, ah" conditioning is rare, and such Western amenities...

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