With two games down and lots of memories in Beijing, Wednesday marked what would be the highlight for many team members in the capital city with a visit to the Silk Market for a bit of early morning bargain shopping.
The Bears entered the popular market when the doors opened at 9:30 a.m. and spent the next four hours haggling, bargaining and negotiating with the local vendors on everything from jewelry to clothing to electronics. Popular items collected included a plethora of designer hand bags and top of the line headphones.
Shopping in the market is an art form in itself. An informed buyer knows not to accept the opening price but to instead negotiate until an agreement is made - a skill that many student-athletes proved to be extremely adept at doing.
After a quick lunch, the team headed to the airport and bid farewell to our Bejing tour guide, Eric Liu, before boarding a China Eastern flight to Shanghai. After landing on a very humid evening, we all met our new Shanghai tour guide who gave us information about our new city before arriving at the hotel after a 40-minute drive for dinner and downtime.
Thursday promises a lot of activity for the Bears, beginning with a tour of the Yu Garden at 10 a.m. followed by a visit to the top of the Shanghai World Financial Center, a skyscraper that at 1,614 feet is the second-largest building in the world. The evening will feature a cruise of the Huangpu River.