Alcohol, food, and sex are fun. But in China, the culture of banquet and brothel has become largely joyless, a business tool chiefly directed at transactional relationships with other men.
My best friend Luxin’s uncle Erjiu is a small Chinese man living in Inner Mongolia who likes to drink too much liquor and then shoot off full-size fireworks. I joined him and his family to eat delicious lamb parts in the middle of nowhere.
I went to Shanghai and tried baijiu, a popular liquor that accounts for more than a third of all spirits consumed worldwide.