Dan sighs as another opportunity to spend money presents itself.
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As a part of our tour, the government arranged certain factory tours that were opportunities to buy goods disguised as semi-educational experiences. The pearl factory that we visited used to be owned by a family before China became Communist. The government took over the oyster farm that is located inside the grounds at the Summer Palace and now cultivates and produces pearls. The guide at the factory/shop showed us how to tell real pearl from fake pearl before she set us loose to purchase trinkets. Real pearls create a powder when rubbed together. When rubbed together they have a unique sound and maintain their glossy appearance. Plastic or glass pearls do not have the powder when rubbed, lose their sheen when rubbed, and sound like fingernails on a chalkboard. Once again, useful information but these required stops are getting a bit tiresome. For Dan, that is!