On the silk floor they had plenty of cheap silk but I've always been against silk because of the maintenance requirements. They did have a demonstration of how they remove the silk from the larva. Dump the worms into a vat of boiling water. Evicerate each larva by hand and stretch the silk to dry. Finally, spin the thread.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Beijing markets were incredible. If you like to bargain and negotiate then China is the place for you. No price was fixed. I don't like to bargain and I even had fun. On the first day we went to the silk and pearl market. It was a six story building with vendors elbow to elbow competing for your money. They were vicious. If you've ever been splattered with blood and then dropped into a tank full of two pound pirahanas you might have an idea of what the market was like.I saw a coat that I like but wasn't in the least bit interested in buying. The lady quoted me a figure of 3,200 yuan (approximately $450 US). I played along and we went back and forth. In the end she was willing to accept 400 yuan (approx. $60 US). I almost talked her down to one tenth of her original quoted price. I was actually very tempted to buy it but I was sufficiently turned off when as I walked away she barred my path and later grabbed my bag to keep me there. Vicious!
We also went to a night market which had an entire street of food vendors before turning into other shops. Anybody care for some milipedes on a stick? Or deep fried starfish?
The butterfly coccoons (below center) are especially tasty! Actually, I'm glad we ate dinner before hand because even if I wanted to, I don't think I could have.
I was able to enjoy sugar coated fruit on a stick.
What is the most outrageous food you've ever tried?