Prior to our visit with the warriors, we went to the Wild Goose Pagoda, which is a buddist temple. Some of our group participated in a prayer ritual while others took pictures. I purchased a bracelet that has been blessed by 100 monks and is meant to bring good luck to the wearer. It is special to my chinese zodiac sign. I lucked out and some of my friends had already negotiated the price since I'm really bad at bargaining w/ the locals. And I mean really bad.
Afterwards we went to a jade store and learned about how jade is mined, the types of jade - hard or soft - and the quality - jadite or nephrite (sp?). I went in thinking I'm not into jade, but that I might get some gifts for folks (jade buddahs, etc.). I just skimmed some of the jewelry and fell in love w/ one of the rings. I'm not a fan of green, but jade, the really good (and expensive) jade is also translucent and lavender. That's the ring I found and worked my way to bargain down the ring about 45% of the price with a little help from my friends. Then I got the trinkets and then a little piece of art for my living room.
Seriously, I am really not a jade fan. Please take my credit card away from me! I haven't even made it to Shanghai or Hong Kong where there's even more shopping!