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Summers in China are brutal. I’ve been inland in the dead of August, when the sum of heat, smog, and humidity felt like being dragged through a sauna fully clothed with a hot towel wrapped around your head. There I witnessed a particularly novel way people cooled off. At a number of Beijing restaurants, diners crowded…