Laura, Sue: peddlers.
Jessie:, Candy: The foreigners’ friends
Jay, Mark: The foreigners.
L: Talking about shopping in Beijing, people always think about famous shopping places and
things to buy.
C: But today, we are not going to introduce any of them to you.
Je: Instead, we are going to give you some shopping tips.
L, S: Chinese crafts! Chinese art works! Lowest price! Come and see!
J, M: That sounds good. Let’s go and have a look!
S: Good morning! May I help you?
J: Morning! We are just looking.
M: This looks nice. What is it?
L: Well, it’s a kind of jade pillow.
S: It’s made of jade, you know!
L: Yeah. In the old days, rich people slept on this to keep themselves healthy. All the emperors,
queens and princesses used this..
M,J: Oh, it sounds wonderful!
J: How much is it?
L,S: Um, 1000 dollars.
M,J: 1000? That expensive?
S: Expensive? No, I don’t think so.
L: It’s really worth it! You see, it’s made of pure jade.
M: Well, we’ll buy it then.
Je: There they are:
Je,C: Hi, Mark! Hi, Jay!
C: Where have you been?
M: We’ve been to Xiushui market. Look, we’ve bought this real treasure. Je: Jade pillow? That’s very well known in China!
C: Yes, let us see it! Oh, it’s really beautiful!
Je: And so smooth! How much money did you spend? J: (hand)
C: A hundred?
J: No! A thousand!
Je,C: A thousand? That’s impossible.
Je: A jade pillow like this only costs about a hundred. How come you spent so much?
M: They asked for a thousand and so we gave them. Je,C: Pardon?
M,J: They asked for a thousand.
Je,C: (couldn’t believe their ears)
C: You are Crazy!
Je: Did you ever try to bargain with them? M: Could you do that there?
Je: Of course. And you should bargain real hard! If they ask for 100, you should at least half it!
M: Oh, my God. Why didn’t you tell me earlier? Anyway, it’s never too late to learn.
L,S: Famous Chinese paintings, lowest price! Marvelous calligraphies! Come and see!
S: Hello, do you like Chinese paintings?
L: Here you can find all the precious and famous paintings at the lowest price!
S: You see, this one is by Xubeihong, the Eight Horses. M,J: Wow!
L: This one is by Wangxizhi, Lantintxu.
M,J: How much are they?
S: The Eight horse is $1200
L: And Lantinxu is $1500.
J: Ok, here’s the…
M: Remember, Bargain!
J: Oh, that’s too expensive. What about 800 for the Eight Horse? L: Are you kidding? 800?? Impossible!
M: You see, if you sell it at 800, we’ll buy Lantingxu as well!
Sue: Oh, well, what about 900?
J: Ok. And how about 1000 for Lantingxu?
M: All right, 1100.
J: Hey, you know what? I’ve learnt to bargain!
J: You see, I bought this “The Eight Horses” for $900 and Wangxishi’s Lantingxu for $1100. Je: What! Can I have a look?
M: Here you are.
C: Let me have a close look. Um, I don’t think they are real.
J: You mean they are fake? I can’t believe it!
Je: Use you brain. Do you think it’s possible to buy such wonderful things at these prices?
C: You know, sometimes you shouldn’t believe the peddlers so easily. Je: And remember, when you are buying something in Beijing, if it looks too good to be true, it’s
M: Oh, what a lesson to learn!