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(China Daily)

08:36, October 20, 2011

Li Zhi (right), a tour guide at the Wuhou Temple in Chengdu, Sichuan province, introduces the temple to tourists. The 25-year-old is popular among tourists because of his humor. Li Xiangyun / for China Daily

CHENGDU - Asking Li Zhi a question is like clicking on the "search" button in Wikipedia.

Dressed in a formal suit, the tour guide at an ancient temple answers in a rhythmic and speedy voice, filling his narration with ancient poems, quotes and jokes.

On a recent Monday evening he talked in a tongue-twisting manner without pause until a tourist interrupted by pointing to a piece of calligraphy on the wall and asking, "Can you explain this a bit for me?"

Li, a mere 25 years old, immediately gave a speech on the writing that so impressed those gathered that they clapped.

"He knows how to catch your attention in the shortest time through his concise but humorous language," said Song Zhixing, a tourist from Hebei province.

"This man knows much more than an average guide."

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