January 8 (part 2): After breakfast we visited a nearby shop where they make paper out of mulberry tree fibers and use it to make artist paper, notebooks, and even umbrellas.
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A bowl of petals at the entry to our hotel.
Umbrellas made of mulberry paper.
One of the workers in the shop, demonstrating an umbrella.
This young woman was our guide/interpreter at the mulberry paper shop. She's in the 11th grade, the top student in her class, and hopes to go to medical school.