GREAS­ING PALMS

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As if Egyp­tian tour guides didn’t have it hard enough, Chi­nese tourists who visit the pyra­mids or sail down the Nile have taken to tip­ping with tiny tins of men­tho­lated balm in­stead of cash. Ye San­she said the friendly Egyp­tians who gave him di­rec­tions and served him tea on his re­cent six-day tour went crazy for the coin-sized pots of Tiger Balm, as the gen­eral-pur­pose oint­ment, some­times used for aches and pains, is com­monly known. Mean­while, Egyp­tian hospi­tal­ity work­ers, con­firm­ing they re­ceive tons of the all-pur­pose oint­ment on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, don’t have a clue why the Chi­nese keep hand­ing it to them or what to do with it. Ye’s guide said he’d re­ceived “tens of thou­sands” of the tins.

Oct. 10

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