the markets expect you to bargain...they usually call a higher price if they know you are a foreigner...thus...call for about 75% less than the asking price...if you can't make a deal...then walk away...they'll call you back and try to make it work...
The Chinese surrency is the yuan. $1 US = about 8 Chinese Yuan. That means that this bill is worth about $12.50
you can buy a lot of stuff with this like:
10 Mao watches
dinner and a cab ride
breakfast for 4 in a nice hotel restaurant
breakfast for 165 of your closest friends at a local restaurant
a sweatshirt at the silk market
a nice jade necklace
several skewers of mutton
There are a lot of interesting things to buy in China. From pottery to silk, from oriental medicines to papercuts, like the one in the photo. The best place to buy them is in Beijing, as you normally leave the country by plane from the capital city; besides, they are not much cheaper elsewhere.
Even if you are not ill, a chinese traditional pharmacy is worth the visit. You won't understand the use of so many herbs, dried animals, powders... but the ambiance, smell and colourful items is a nice experience.
1. Offer a price that u want to pay and hear what the seller says.
2. Bargaining with a small increase each tiem.
3. If the price still high, pretend to leave.
4. Seller may ask u to come back and talk about the price again.
Just believe me! It really works! ~-)
Beijing inhabitants (and Chinese in general) are friendly like this one who invited us to visit his shop of paintings to speak and improve his French.
Or may be, it was to take my wife in his arms.
Here in this street we have the local market that has many things made in china.
You should visit and barg with them cos they ask you more than 3 times, the pieces worth.