Sunday, November 6, 2011

TOUR OF THE FACTORIES IN BEIJING

taken at the Silk Factory
taken at the Jade Factory
Traveling in Asia on tour packages never fails to surprisingly include a visit to the various factories they are known for.  My travel buddy and I opted to visit only the Great Wall of China, but surprisingly the itinerary includes a visit to the Jade and Silk Factory.  For us, this might be something new for exploration and educational purposes as they term it... but for some, this proves to be an unnecessary part of the supposed to be a grand tour to the Great Wall of China.  Nevertheless, we are left with no option but to respect our tour guides itinerary.


JADE FACTORY

After our tour of the Badaling Great Wall, our tour guide advised us that we're taking our lunch at a restaurant near the Jade Factory.  Everything must have been planned and so like any other educational tour, before we proceed to the finished products of the factory, we will be greeted by craftsmen at work and there is also the discussion of whether the object on display is a real or a fake jade.












After that tour, I must say jades from China or at least from this factory is quite expensive...maybe because I'm not into jades.  And so we just took a lot of pictures and fool around for photo shoots.






the pose that made the caucasians laugh so hard



lunch served

Our next stop afterwards was the Ming Tombs and after a visit to the mausoleum, our last stop for the day on this tour package is the Silk Factory.

SILK FACTORY

China is known for silk and so, this is a bonus that we would be able to visit one of the silk factories in the country.  First stop was the usual silk production demo and unfortunately I wasn't able to grasp at all the discussion as the day was tiring and we were still planning to visit the National Stadium at night.  Nevertheless, the process is quite interesting and I would recommend a visit to this factory.  I apologize I wouldn't be able to relay much of the process but one thing is certain it is a product of hard work and innovation.













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