China 2010

That’s it, this is the end of the trip and we are quite sad to leave Beijing and China. We had a terrific stay and saw the most beautiful places in the world, we will remember this trip forever.

We spent the last day shopping at the Pearl Market and it was a lot of fun. For those who don’t know, this is the largest fake market of Beijing. We bought plenty and bargained a lot. We were able to cut the prices by 3, I think this is a pretty good achievement. Of course, we don’t foul ourselves, the sellers still did a pretty good profit on us. The last item we bought, a leather bag for Ella, was the funniest. It was priced 1100 yuan, which of course is grossly inflated. We wanted 350 yuan and the seller would not agree so we walked away. An hour later, as we were leaving the market, the lady with the bag ran behind us proposing it at 450 yuan. We settled down at 400 yuan and took the bag.
We also bought some nice pearls and earrings but it is more difficult to bargain for these items. Because we did our homework regarding pearls quality, we gained some credit from the sales lady. You have to know that there are two types of pearls, freshwater and saltwater. The freshwater are less good and these are the ones on display. The first question we asked was if they have saltwater pearls and they immediately took out from a cardboard the better pearls. The funny thing is that they don’t try to cheat about the quality, they only “cheat” on the price. After picking the pearls we wanted and some earrings, we started bargaining on the price. We managed to cut it by half, which seemed to be a decent price, for us a least.
We ended the day visiting the Tienanmen square and since it is October 1, the national holiday of China, a zillion of peoples were walking around, watching two giant screens displaying last year military parade and talking pictures. As we were ready to go back to our hotel, a live broadcast of the China philharmonic orchestra started on the giant screens. We sat down in front of them and listen to Brahms, Offenbach, Strauss, Khachaturian and more. It was a magical moment, sitting on Tienanmen square, listening to classical music, with Mao watching over behind us, quite surrealistic but a perfect ending for this beautiful trip.
Tomorrow, Air France will take us back to reality, and we expect to be at home around midnight.
We already miss China but we also miss Dana and Noam, so I guess it’s time to go.

Love and kisses from China,

Les Dellus

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