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Book launched to meet demand for high-end butler service | Updated: 2019-01-07 16:14
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Zhang Ran, author of Chinese-style Butlerand founder of Vage Home, a Bejing-based housekeeping service provider.[Photo provided to]

The book covers almost everything a Chinese-style butler needs to know to manage a rich family's household to the highest standards, from etiquette to organizing trips to exclusive destinations, from ironing and suitcase-packing, to cooking and a Western-style table setting.

“The hit drama Downton Abbey is so famous in China, that's the standard we are using to measure Western-style butlers. However, they may not be the best choices for Chinese families as the two countries have different national conditions,” Zhang said.

“For instance, dressed in a black tuxedo, with a bow tie and white gloves - that’s the typical Western-style butler. But in China, butlers are not required to wear uniforms every day. Instead, they can choose what to wear that suits their identity best on different occasions,” Zhang said. “Chinese modern butlers deliver tradition but go beyond stereotypes.”

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