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Butlers the latest accessory for China's rich

Published 9:18 PM ET, Sun October 18, 2015
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A butler in training measures the precise distance between cutlery on a table at China's only foreign-run butler school in Chengdu, Sichuan province, on January 23, 2015. There has been a surge in demand among China's wealthy for Western-trained butlers, with many academies seeing large portions of their graduating classes hired by Chinese families or companies. To meet this growing demand, The International Butler Academy China opened a year ago. FRED DUFOUR/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Students wait outside to greet guests for a formal dinner at The International Butler Academy China on September 16, 2014 in Chengdu, China. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
Students stand for inspection once they arrive in the morning at the academy China on September 16, 2014. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
A student irons napkins before a formal dinner on September 16, 2014. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
Butlery students polish china and silverware in preparation for a formal dinner on September 16, 2014 in Chengdu, China. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
A student vacuums the floor of the one of the classrooms on September 16, 2014. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
Christopher Noble, an instructor at The International Butler Academy China, teaches a class on serving a formal dinner on September 16, 2014. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
A student polishes glassware in preparation for a formal dinner on September 16, 2014. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
Students joke with each other at The International Butler Academy China on September 16, 2014. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
Students take a nap after working a 14 hour shift at the academy on September 16, 2014. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images