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After Downton, affluent Chinese seek butlers

Demand for homegrown butlers trained in the ways of a British manor has grown sharply in recent years

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Mr Noble (above) checking the alignment of glasses on the table done by his two students (above).

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Mr Noble (above) checking the alignment of glasses on the table done by his two students.

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A student from the International Butler Academy China rehearsing for a formal dinner exam.

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A student using a ruler to set the cutlery on the table.

Chengdu

MAO once said that a revolution was not a dinner party. But with the communist revolution turning into opulent capitalism, China's rich are making sure the dinner party settings are immaculate and the wine is poured just right.

Inspired in part by the Downton Abbey

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