In the evening we had prepared a farewell banquet at the Hotel for Dr. Liu and his colleagues that had taken care of us so well. The dinner were above expectations. The kitchen and the elegant little lady I had entrusted with the arrangement took care of everything magnificently.
Basically, I just gave her the general outline and asked her to serve whatever she felt was appropriate. Actually so much so that I think that the entire kitchen staff was also well treated in the background. If so, they were most welcome.
The Chinese reciprocated our pleasantries and mentioned two Swedish publications they had learnt something from as in Bo's doctoral thesis on Tang Gold and Silver and the Gustavsberg sponsored Song Shards by Palmgren, Sundius et.al. that actually had been finalized by Bo after Palmgren's death.
There are a lot of threads that are now converging.
The most positive thing about the whole trip is after all these hordes of small children who happily tried out on us their only English word - Hello!
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