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Beijing - Day Four

Today was supposed to be our day of rest before we flew to Xian. However, as the saying goes "You can take the girl out of the country but ." Surprise, Carol went shopping! The styles in Beijing are as modern as anywhere (after all most of our clothes are actually made in China), so Carol decided that clothes she spent weeks shopping for in California actually weren't suitable.

We went into a "department
like it only sold candy. There
locally made. Then we went
mink coats and jackets!

store" that looked from the street
were all sorts of candies, mostly
downstairs and looked through the

The floor above the apparent candy store was a more or less regular clothing department. Carol fell in love with a red leather jacket but decided that the price was too high. Her sales lady would not let her out of the area and began to bargain with her. In the end, Carol offered almost a quarter of the price on a take or leave it basis. She owns the jacket. (CC note: I own it thanks to Peter's, not my, expert powers of persuasion in a foreign language. "No" is pretty universally understood, and he kept saying no until, as they say, the price was right. Bargaining is expected in China, and the saleslady looked happy.)


Carol had such fun that she more or less repeated the act with another jacket in another part of the store. The sales people were laughing and seemed to be having as much fun bargaining with her as she was with them. It was great to see her have such a ball.

Not too far from this candy/mink coats/leather jackets emporium, we walked into a side street that had lots of food stands that catered to the locals. Lots of interesting food preparations but among the most interesting delicacy that was being offered were scorpions. The scorpions in the picture are skewered and alive. To each his own.
Another place put tiny apples or chestnuts or seedless grapes on a skewer and put them in a wok filled with boiling sugar syrup. The glaze hardened after the skewer was removed from the wok. Lots of people walked down the street eating these treats.


     

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