After scouring Gemma's blog for Beijing tips, we decided to check out Panjiayuan Antique Market. There was a lot of neat stuff to check out but we only walked away with a bird print.
Unfortunately, my memory of the market shall forever be tarnished by what happened next. We were leaving the market, en route to the subway station when I checked to make sure the iphone was in my purse. It was. A minute later (maybe even 30 seconds?), when I reached for it, it wasn't there. I'm constantly scaring myself by thinking it's lost but I always find it right away. However, this time it really was gone.
I started crying and a small crowd gathered. I'm sure they were wondering why this crazy white woman was crying. We spoke to a police officer etc etc but that phone was gone forever. I guess there's a lesson or two to learn from this (make sure the iphone is inaccessible as possible/don't check to make sure it's in my purse in public etc) but it was a big bummer regardless.
We checked out the silk market before we flew home, but my heart wasn't really in it. Mike was a real champ while I was moping about and helped me focus on the positive. It was a great trip! Worse things could have been stolen (like our camera!). So, let me end this post with this: we loved Beijing a lot more than we expected. We're excited to head to Hong Kong sometime next year. Until then, China!