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Guilin: Day 19, Part 2 – Out and About

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Next stop South Sea Pearl Museum

Upon arrival, we were whisked through a five-minute presentation about the colour of pearls. Glassy-eyed, the husbands trailed behind. A runway fashion show followed with five formally dressed beauties displaying pearl earrings, rings, bracelets, and necklaces. Afterwards, we were whisked through double-doors into the salesroom with a flourish. The room was divided into three sections: good, medium, and best. One of the ladies in our group bought river pearls for 1,500 Yuan (about $250.00 USD.

Quick Facts:

  • Fresh water pearls are an irregular shape (not round)
  • Sea water pearls always round, only white, black and gold
  • Lots of iron in the water = black colour
  • Lots of copper in the water = purple, pink
  • Chinese females don’t wear gold pearls as they don’t look good against their skin colour
  • North Americans wear pink, white and black

The store glittered with enough brilliance to blind a stone statue. Hordes of sales staff—all young females—materialized out of nowhere. A sales assistant seemed to be available for every person through the door. The French group had arrived ahead of us and were already engaged in energetic persuasion. I wasn’t interested in pearls and wandered about, but returned to the front of the room where the husbands waited. An bar stool, facing the sales floor, presented an empty seat. I climbed on, a latte and wine bar at my elbow. Free? Not a chance. A convenient price list (in English) hung in full view. I’m grateful I wasn’t thirsty and didn’t bother checking out the prices.

Health Care:

  • A combination of Chinese and Western medicine
  • Western Medicine is faster
  • Chinese medicine has no side effects (so it’s thought)
  • You never want to drink the ‘healthy’ soup (I heard it’s worse than what ails you)

Lunch:

  • Corn soup (the most delicious from all others since arrival in China)
  • Chili and soy sauces
  • Rice with corn, pieces of carrot and egg
  • Celery and chestnuts, stir fried
  • Sweet and sour chicken with chunks of tomato wedges
  • Hot beef with green peppers and onions in a skillet (awesome)
  • Spring rolls
  • Bamboo chicken ( deep fried, on stick, spicy and delish)
  • Eggplant with tomato wedges and green peppers
  • Soft cooked (egg?) noodles with slivered red peppers and green (?) leaf and stalk vegetable
  • Watermelon slices
  • Tea
© 2015 All Rights Reserved Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles

© 2015 All Rights Reserved Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles

Today the plates are the largest we’ve had for any meal; bigger than a saucer and larger than a bread-and-butter-plate. Lots of oil used as in most all dishes and restaurants in China, but most delicious lunch I’ve had since arriving in China. Again, I’m stuffed, having scooped only one spoonful of each of the offerings.

After lunch, and for the first time, a liquor  was offered at 14 Yuan a shot glass (approximately $2.30 USD), but there were no takers. As well, a bit later, ice-cream and cappuccino were offered. Carolyn thought it was free so she ordered one of each. It turns out it wasn’t free. She turned it down and no-one else was interested either.

Jokes

When your wife catches you with another woman, you are completely finished.

If your wife likes to shop a lot, you are finished completely.

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On March 20th:  No posting (on March Break)

Next up on March 27th:  Guilin, Day 19, Part 3 – Elephant Trunk Park

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45 thoughts on “Guilin: Day 19, Part 2 – Out and About

  1. Your lunch sounded great and it was nice to learn more about pearls.

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  2. I had never heard of gold pearls! They sound very lovely, but very expensive!
    Your lunch sounded delicious!

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  3. We ran into a similar situation at a pearl in Japan. We bought one white pearl on a chain. The meal sounds delicious though, but it’s all those add-ons!

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  4. I would have been glassy-eyed over the color of pearls too, and I would have happily joined the men in the corner! Those types of touristy buy-buy-buy stops aren’t for me. Sounds like they aren’t for you either.

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  5. I hate that confusion of what comes with the included meal. That would annoy me. Interesting about the plate size. That’s a clever way to make people think they’ve eaten more than they have!

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  6. Very interesting. I guess a captive audience is what you were. Lunch sounds terrific. I wonder if the tour company gets a cut of what’s sold.

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  7. Lunch looks delicious. Interesting re: the pearls.

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  8. I think i would have loved the pearl museum, Tess. Pearls do fascinate me… And i’m relieved that you finally had something good to eat. 😀 Huge hugs!

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  9. The fashion show sounds like fun. But I would dislike the hard sales of expensive jewelry!

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  10. I love pearls, but fresh and sea! I bought quite a few when over in Asia, mostly fresh water as I love the irregularity of them.

    Your lunch sounds lovely, interesting they introduced ‘extras’.

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  11. Being a jewelry artist, I might have had to break down and buy something here. Sounds like the best meal. My fav Chinese is Mongolian beef.

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  12. Tess I love the line about the store glittering enough to blind a stone statue. I don’t know if I can admire you as I am so bloody envious of your brilliant way with words! I would have been ordering alcohol no matter what the cost. No pearls for this girl.

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  13. Glad you had a nice lunch for once, 19 days in! I hadn’t realised about the plates being so small, how bizarre Tess. You do really well resisting those persistent sales techniques, i know what they’re like!

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  14. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Time for our weekly tour through China courtesy of our wonderful guide Tess Karlinski.. today the beauty of pearls and I had no idea that there were so many colours..wonderful post and please pop over.

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  15. You look like you had a really good time, Tess. I never went to Guilin, but I heard it was beautiful.

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  16. Tess – Guilin sounds fabulous! And your lunch sounds delicious …I love pearls, but I did not know about the reason behind the different colours until now. Thank you.:)

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  17. I’m following your trip, it remains me mine 10 years ago. Thanks

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  18. The meal sounded good as I read the description. I guess there’s only so much shopping one can do, especially in a long trip. I remember years back travelling with a friend who collected plates and had to buy one in each place we went to. Towards the end of the trip it was becoming a nightmare. I can’t remember how many reached home in one piece…Looking forward to the next installment!

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  19. Though I love this trip Tess, it seems like it was one long sales pitch! 🙂

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  20. Which is why all the add-ons and steering to sales – dollars! I love pearls. I have strings of all the colors not to mention the freshwater ones. LOL…. I think at last tally I had 20 pearl necklaces going from opera length to choker. From my great-grandmother to new. Pearls with jeans is lots of fun. and yes, gold pearls are lovely with faded tees. I do have a yard long “wrapper” of pearls from Japan I use a lot. Little gold knobs on the ends. You wrap the necklace around the length or how many loops you want or as a long long bracelet. We stood and watched the pearl divers diving for the pearls and then out of a bin, after they had been brought up, cleaned, sized, polished, we picked the pearls for the wrapper. That was fun. I am so glad you had such a good meal after that bummer of last time!

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  21. Are you sure it was the most delicious lunch or are you acquiring Chinese taste buds?

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  22. I have some fresh-water pearl earing that are a shiny gray. Could it be that they were dipped in color? Your lunch sound absolutely yummy. 🙂

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  23. Loved learning more about pearls. Love pearls. 🙂 The jokes?? Hmmm, I guess the humor leaves in the translation. 🙂

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  24. Another great travelogue I love the river photo very artistic!! ❤ ,3

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  25. Most interesting to read about the pearls. I didn’t know about gold pearls. I admit I would have been in there ooo’ing and aaah’ing over all the jewellry. I have issues 😉

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  26. “Glassy-eyed husbands.” Too funny!

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  27. ‘Enough brilliance to blind a stone statue’. Oh Tess, you have such a wonderful way with words, you really do. The lunch sounds great, interesting nobody had a shot though. Love this photo too. I just read your latest post. Will miss you too, but hope you benefit from your much needed break and look forward to catching up with you when you return my friend 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • Thank YOU, Sherri. I don’t know where these words come from. The whole experience was so over the top.
      We didn’t like the way they tried to put one over on us. Everything about our holiday was prepaid anyway.
      I’m burning out. Need to take this breather. Miss you already.

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      • You are a wonderful wordsmith Tess, so they come naturally 😉 Miss you more….but take this time and don’t worry about us. Enjoy the break and come back refreshed and rejunivated and ready to rock ‘n’ roll 😀 See you soon my friend ❤ ❤ ❤

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  28. It’s the same all around the world. The guide normally receives 50 percent of what the group spends in the shop. The meal seemed to make it all worthwhile. It would have completely finished me 🙂

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  29. I love the interesting jewelry 101 scoop here. I didn’t know the colour of the pearls were affected by the waters they come from. Thanks! 🙂

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  30. “Glassy-eyed, the husbands trailed behind.” Ha ha! I know exactly what you are talking about! Thanks for another great post, Tess!

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  31. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, Naomi. I know how they felt because I felt somewhat the same. My best shopping is in the grocery store. ❤ ❤ ❤

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