As well as a large influx of investors from nearby Sichuan, Shuhe has also attracted a good number of gao gan (communist party princelings) to open small cafe/guesthouses. Here they escape the pressure of capital politics and laze about all day smoking grass without worrying about their high profile families. Unfortunately, most do not care whether they turn a cent in profit and this does nothing to improve customer service. An interesting side effect has been the growth in pedigree dogs as status symbols until the whole place starts to resemble Crufts with everything from salukis and Staffordshire bulls to Rotties and Dalmatians on display.

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