Posted by: Susanne Cannon | July 30, 2010

Great Wall vs Shopping July 11

The rest of the group headed for the Great Wall and some tombs. Given the heat, the rain, and the mud, I opted to sleep in and to venture out on some solo shopping. The hunt for the 12mm necklace is over. I found it at a shop owned by a Chinese American who has brought her aging parents home to Beijing and who runs her business out of a 5th floor shop at the Silk Street market, a multi story building housing junk on the first floor, fabrics on the second, jewelry (mostly junk) on the 4th, and finer jewelry on the 5th. I didn’t realize until too late that it also had a branch of a famous Peking Duck restaurant up on 6.

Anyway, I had a lot of fun constructing necklaces of mixed strands of keshi pearls that look like thick cornflakes and other strands of smaller round or oval beads. Also several black pearl necklaces and the long 8mm ones for the family. What a surprise to find all of this so soon on the trip.

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