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He returned 12 years la上海千花坊女神会所e restaurant on

n the 1,400-me上海千花坊女神会所ter-long street. The reason was not only to beat his homesickness but to restore Russian culture and lifestyle to the city.

“I did the interior design myself, from tables and chairs to wood carvings on the ceiling,” Hu

said. “Construction work took four years based on more than 2,000 design drawings.”

In addition to the oil paintings, photos, furniture and other decorations, he set the menu, with every recipe carefully considered.

In 2007, Russia Coffee & Food was rated as one of the 50 best restaurants in China by National Geographic magazine, Hu said.

Hu loves writing about the city and has finished several novels. He published his first book in

2016 and is now working on a new novel that depicts the lives of early Russian settlers in Harbin.

“I visited Russia several times in recent years, mainly in search of inspiration for my story,” he said.

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