40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening up

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(From left) Beijing Smart Garments general manager Ms Dorothy Seet, hotelier Mr Harry Tan and Singapore's ambassador to China Mr Stanley Loh.
(From left) Beijing Smart Garments general manager Ms Dorothy Seet, hotelier Mr Harry Tan and Singapore's ambassador to China Mr Stanley Loh.PHOTOS: LIM YAN LIANG, COURTESY OF HARRY TAN

BEIJING - Despite having been in China for more than 30 years and visited 100 cities, hotelier Harry Tan still remembers vividly his first stint as front office manager of the Lhasa Holiday Inn.

Tibet in 1987 was a place of complete isolation when Mr Tan arrived as part of the first batch of expatriate staff tasked to convert the state-owned property into the autonomous region's first luxury hotel.

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