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The Clintons in Guilin

President Clinton at a meeting on environmental protection in Guilin

President Clinton at a meeting on environmental protection in Guilin. Cai Yonglun, the Mayor of Guilin, is addressing the meeting

The president and the first lady sat down on red wood chairs that had been passed down from the Qing Dynasty. He Gelan, wife of Zhao Jiashuars nephew, presented to them a pot of plums. "Please try the homegrown fruit," she asked. President Clinton asked how they sold the fruit in the city. "We take them by boat to Xingping and to the city by truck from there." The host replied. The president asked what they grew. "Plum, orange and pomelo," Zhao snswer6d. "But we make money mainly from pomelo."

The Clintons went to another house belonging to Zhao Jiachang. He tried to turn on the marsh gas generated from pig and cow dung as fuel. He smiled when the cooker and lamp were lit up at the same time.

Outside again walking on the gray slabstone road President Clinton remarked that his grandmother used the same kind of slabstone to pave the floor in her house. The stone was cool in summer and durable, and furthermore it could replace wood, good for environment protection. When he saw a small store he went in. The store was actually the central hall of the house of Zhao Jiashi. The president shook hands with the family members, saying, "My grandmother had a small store too. I like small stores." He played on the abacus and then said he would like to take a picture with the family.

After chatting with the villagers the Clintons came back to the basketball court. The president held up a pomelo and posed for the photographers. He shook hands
The morning of Lijiang River

The morning of Lijiang River

with all the villagers present at the basketball court and kept saying in Chinese, "Thank you!" Everyone in the village was friendly and was smiling, he observed. The Clintons went aboard the boat amidst loud applause and continued their excursion to Yangshuo.

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