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Where the Best Butlers Learn the Trade

To Karen Xiao, being a butler is more than a profession—it’s a lifestyle. She runs an intensive six-week program that covers Chinese and Western ideas of household management, courtesy, etiquette and more at Chengdu’s International Butler Academy. While the trade is nothing new in China, a recent surge in interest traces directly to a precise, loyal butler serving at a little place called “Downton Abbey.”

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