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In China, Flat rents you!

Finalizing our lease agreement became more complicated by the Chinese New Year (aka Spring Festival), as the landlords and our relocation agents were four of the 3+ million people who left Shanghai to return home, or go somewhere warm.  To sneak into the apartment before CNY, I found myself in our new digs with a fanny pack full of cash, listening to the female half of the husband/wife landlord team arguing petulantly about the lease agreement our relocation agents had brokered with her husband.

I’m growing fond of the Chinese method of bargaining: a cold stare, disapproving expression, dark sunglasses and my intimidating facial hair have saved us hundreds of Yuan, even over email.  None of my bargaining prowess prepared me for the wrath of our new landlord.

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