Everything is forgotten because our delicious four course breakfast was only 30 Yuan. That’s 5 dollars, people! Feeding a family of five was never so easy! Following our steal of a deal, we march past pet crickets and other touristy Chinese gift ware.
Later, we stumbled upon the antique district at Liulichang Market and go exploring. There was one little hole in the wall store that looked like it could be on Hoarder’s TV show. We dug through dusty piles and boxes of antique coins, little hand painted vases and other trinkets that force us to ask “what-the-heck-is-this?” I found this interesting and sharp looking blade-disk that looked like it served no functional purpose what so ever. I thought it was the most amazing little thing and wondered what I could possibly do with it. It looked like it had a cool hole at the top so it could hang for a chain - I thought maybe this would be a good Burning Man necklace so I casually asked the price. 1200 Yuan. That’s almost $200!! What the hell?? I would have paid maybe $5, maybe $10 max. She insisted it was from some Dynasty some 200 years ago - but it looked like something that someone would find at a swap meet. I told her I wished it was a fake so I could afford it and she laughed. Luckily, I didn’t have to spend $200, because I later stumbled upon this other amazing replica. My new purchase is a wine vessel from the Qin Dynasty which engraved phoenixes. It is going to look so amazing in my new apartment, you don’t even know! It is heavier than my rock collection, good think I have my parents to smuggle it back to the US for me at the end of the trip!