Shenzhen book city is normally not an interesting attraction to be at. However one particular morning in 2005 I happened to wander into the large white marbled dome building because I was looking an English map of the city, and was met by a large crowd. A young, ordinary looking Chinese lady was signing books at the side table. It came to my attention that this was not an ordinary Chinese lady after all, but happened to be Kong Dongmei (孔东梅), the granddaughter of Mao Tse-Tung (sometimes written as 'Mao Zedong', and 毛泽东 in Chinese), the founder of modern China.
During our brief conversation in English, she spoke fondly of her holidays to London, and also her time at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied for a Masters degree. It was interesting to know that she had opened up her own bookstore in Beijing, which I shall visit sometime.
The picture of me and Ms. Dongmei is blurry because the 'photographer' just snapped it quickly (my pictures always come out blurry when someone else takes them...sadly).
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