Cloisonné Factory, Kung Fu and Great Wall
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This morning we went to the CloisonnÃ© factory to see how the pots are made. It was really neat to see how they make them all by hand. They pound the copper into a shape then take the copper wire and sauter it on. Then they fill it in with special paint powder and fire it twice. Then they sand it down and polish it. All by hand, very impressive. We got to try the painting part out. It felt a lot like color by number. It would certainly take a lot of patients. Of course, as always with P2P trips, they brought us stupid suckers straight to the store after to buy some of the very impressive pottery we just saw made. Sheep. Well, I fell into the trap and bought earrings and two bracelets. Dammit.
We then headed to the Kung Fu School.
After lunch we headed towards the Great Wall. When you leave the downtown part of Beijing large mountains start popping up out of nowhere.
When we got back to the hotel reality had set in for a few kids that had been spending their money like crazy. Some were already out and couldn't figure out how to use their pre-paid money cards. I had to loan money to one kid and others started borrowing from each other. It is amazing how they don't listen to our warnings and then get upset when what we told them was going to happen, does.