The World: Two Eyewitnesses Behind the Bamboo Curtain

Two of the journalists who accompanied the U.S. table tennis team on their historic six-day trip to China last week were LIFE'S Hong Kong Bureau Chief John Saar and LIFE Photographer Frank Fischbeck. Saar's full report will appear in next week's LIFE.

AT first it was like being on another planet," said Saar after he returned to Hong Kong. "For at least two days, no one was quite sure what he was seeing, and then gradually things began to fall into place and we began to see a society and a nation that was very...

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