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Sea Cucumbers and Free Haircuts Out for China's Congress-Goers

Pricey delicacies like sea cucumber and prawns are off the menu for the 2,000 delegates in Beijing for China’s 19th Communist Party congress this week, as President Xi Jinping’s long-running austerity drive makes its mark on the twice-a-decade meeting.

Official Wang Lilian, who’s worked on the past three gatherings, said in an interview with China National Radio that attendees won’t be getting fruit in their hotel rooms or free haircuts either, according to Phoenix TV.

“The restaurants will serve home-style food,” Wang said, according to the Phoenix report. A link to the original interview appears to have been removed from the state radio’s website.

Xi’s campaign against corruption and graft has been a hallmark of his first five-year term, triggering a slump in revenue at casinos in Macau, the only place in China where gambling is legal. Casino takings have since recovered, though.

— With assistance by Tian Chen

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