Thursday, November 15, 2007

Xian Fur Vendor

Xian Fur Vendor, originally uploaded by yellojkt.

The area in and around the terra cotta soldier complex is stately and elegant. Just outside the main gate to the parking lot is a gauntlet of souvenir vendors. Most just approach with sets of figurines or books or post cards. If you refuse, they keep lowering the price until you get curious enough to look. The going rate for a set of five clay or brass miniature figures is one dollar. I paid double that and felt I got robbed.

Others have booths set up with clothing or crafts or pomegranate wine. This vendor was selling animal pelts. I have no idea what I was expected to do with one, but now I know where to go if I ever want some.

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