Premier Zhu Rongji will get some well-deserved rest when he steps down after the National People's Congress this month. A fan of martial arts books, he will likely spend a lot more time re-reading his favourite classic, Outlaws of the Marsh - an epic a la Robin Hood. The fit and trim Mr Zhu enjoys taking long walks with his wife, Lao An, in their neighbourhood near the Zhongnanhai compound in central Beijing. He also enjoys singing Peking opera songs and will likely have more time to pursue this interest. Although he is from Hunan, which is famous for its spicy, salty and oily cuisine, Mr Zhu spent most of his life away from the southern province and is now accustomed to milder foods. 'He still enjoys eating spicy dishes once in a while though,' said Laurence Brahm, author of Zhu Rongji and the Transformation of Modern China. For years, the premier slept only five or six hours a night. 'Now, he can sleep as long as he wishes,' Brahm said. Will Mr Zhu miss the power he once wielded? Probably not. 'He has achieved a lot within his term,' Brahm said. 'Maybe from one perspective, it takes a lot out of you. But he is retiring at the right time. He feels it is the right time to get off the stage.'