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In the Heart of Beijing, a Taiwanese Pop Idol Makes Fans Swoon

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BEIJING — A beer in one hand, a microphone in the other, Meng Xiaoli stood in a crowded restaurant and began to sing.

“Your smile is as sweet as honey/ Just like flowers blooming in the spring breeze/ I wonder where I’ve seen you?”

During the workweek, Meng, 53, a budget analyst who wears a red Chinese Communist Party pin on his lapel, spends his days shuttling between meetings and poring over reports for a state-owned firm.

But on weekends, he retreats to what he calls his “spiritual home,” a two-story restaurant and museum in Beijing that is a shrine to the woman

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