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Ming Tomb & Great Wall

6/4/08 14:50 CST (Hotel)

BEIJING- Today we visited the imperial tomb of the Ming dynasty and the Great Wall. Before reaching the tomb the tour bus brought us to the state run jade carving factory/store/museum. Judging by the scale of the facility, it produces jade carvings and jewelry for other stores and export as well. The concept of the jade facility and a similar vase producing one, visited later in the day, is odd but makes a lot of sense. The facilities put on a show explaining the history and construction of the product, then ushered you into the store to push merchandise. I imagine similar facilities produce all of the Chinese Kitsch found in stores across America. Both of these facilities pumped tourists in by the buss load. Continue reading this entry »