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Rail travel has al­ways been, and still is, Bruce Con­nolly’s pre­ferred way to travel. Ex­actly 30 years ago, he ar­rived in China by train on a jour­ney from Glas­gow, Scot­land, to Hong Kong’s Hung Hom Sta­tion. That jour­ney was also a life changer. If he had not taken the train, his China story would never have hap­pened — 30 years later the coun­try re­mains his adopted home.

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Liang Qishun and Zhang Shengdi have been paint­ing to­gether for 10 years. After quit­ting their jobs at a dec­o­ra­tion com­pany this year, they started their own mu­ral busi­ness in their home­town of Tun­chang county, Hainan province. Paint­ing walls is not easy. The work needs skill as well as phys­i­cal power. To com­plete their first or­der, they worked for three days, sleep­ing just five hours each day. The ef­fort paid off. That first client was im­pressed and gave them more busi­ness. They plan to cre­ate a se­ries of mu­rals based on Tun­chang’s fea­tures to pro­mote their home­town.

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Adapted from pop­u­lar Hong Kong writer Is­abel Nee Yeh-su’s novel

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