So by the end of my trip, after nine months of being very, very, good I felt like I deserved a treat. And where better place to shop than China? For starters the bartering is amazing. Being a Northern girl I've always got my eye out for a bargain and China is the perfect place to haggle. My favourite place to shop in Beijing is the Silk Market. Five floors of goods ranging from handbags and shoes (my personal area of expertise) to traditional teapots and fans, where prices start off a ridiculous 90% higher than the amount you actually end up paying.
|Oooh, where to start?|
Me: How much is this?
Scary Shop owner: (Taps furiously into her calculator.)
Me: What? No way! That's far too expensive!
SSO: Ok, ok, how much you pay?
Me: (Tap 10% of her original figure into calculator.)
SSO: What? You joking lady? You talking dollars? You give me real price, not joking price!
Me: That is my real price. No joking.
SSO: Ok, ok, for you discount. Normal tourist price is this but I like you. I give you special price. For friend. (Taps an ever-so-slightly lower price into calculator.)
Me: No, no, still too much. (Tap an ever-so-slightly higher price into calculator.)
SSO: (Hanging on to my arm/blocking doorway/generally not allowing me to leave the shop.) You give me a little bit higher, a little bit more! (Taps again.)
Me: This is my final price. (Taps again.)
SSO: No. Cannot do lady!
Me: Ok, thank you. (Go to leave, feigning indifference, even though it's a really, really, pretty bag.)
SSO: Ok. (Feigning indifference, even though she really, really, wants my money.)
[Two minutes later, as I'm walking away]
SSO: Ok, lady! Lady, your price ok!
|Another day, another shopping trip.|
|Hmm...I'm sure this will all fit in somewhere.|
|#27 - Definitely my easiest challenge to date!|