Tianjin - Day 3 (5/27/09)
Going to the market today was quite interesting. The prices there were significantly lower than the markets in Beijing even after negotiation with the people at the Beijing markets. I purchased a custom made poster with my name in Chinese written on it (as did many other people) with a box for 20 yuen. I also purchased a relatively inexpensive but quite cool looking katana, wakizashi, and tanto set with a stand for 180 yuen. I figured I could put them in either of my bags but the katana turned out to be larger than both of the bags. I'll have to try to mail at least the katana back but I will probably try to mail them all back since I'm not 100% sure that I can have them packed on the plane in my checked bags (but I'm pretty sure I can, I've checked knives and things before and the swords are not sharpened). Hopefully it won't cost too much to ship these items back to the United States. I don't imagine it would be more than the cost of the swords themselves but I guess I'll find out when I go to the post office. I could just mail the katana and pack the wakizashi and tanto away, they both will fit in my bags (the wakizashi with a little bit of finagling, but it should fit).