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TITLE: FIRST DINNER OF THE YEAR
LOCATION: LONGXINGTAI HOTPOT (隆兴泰)
MISSION: TOAST TO DRAGONS AND GOOD FORTUNE
DATE: 2012-02-03

Dinner time! And not just any dinner, the first dinner in the year of the dragon! This called for another visit to our regular hotpot restaurant and not just a bottle or two liquor, but a whole gallon! We didn't finish all of it (luckily), but well over half, which made for a very lively atmosphere. I am not sure how, but I managed to down 3 whole glasses (!), a 50% increase of my previous personal record. The head of the sales department, Kou Hongyan (寇洪岩), just recently returned from a company sponsored trip for all Hongchang managers to Thailand and shared with us the stories of what he called his first truly "European" vacation (walking along the beaches drinking beer and working on his tan all day long). To ensure that the new year will bring success and prosperity, everyone toasted each other back and forth and all over. The speeches got longer and longer and livelier and livelier as the contents of the gallon was quickly drained. Such a good mood together with so many good friends and colleagues would have been completely wasted if the evening did not end with some singing. It has become routine more or less: first hotpot at Longxingtai and then karaoke at Delongshenghui. That is a positive thing about Chinese parties: they start early, get going quickly, and then finish early, giving you time for precious sleep to work off all the alcohol. Which I will be doing now.

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