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Day 21. 60th Anniversary of PRC

Thursday, October 1, 2009 permalink [Permalink]

Today happens to be the 60th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China and all of Beijing was on parade.



When I was in the US some time back, I wanted to get a Dahon folding bicycle but the ridiculous price tag prevented me from getting one.  On this particular trip I'd seen many people riding just the type of bike I wanted - surely there must be someone selling them in Shanghai.  I decided to get up early and do some digging on the internet and managed to find a local Dahon distributor.

I wasn't sure the shop would be open today, seeing that it's the 60th Anniversary of the People's Republic of China and all of Beijing was on parade.

President Hu Jintao on parade through Beijing (on TV)
[President Hu Jintao on parade through Beijing (on TV)]

But given that the weather was still not on our side it was something we could do from the comfort of a taxi.

Ray and Alex managed to find us after apparently there being quite a few hotels by the same name in the area - who would have thought.  In any case, we went out to lunch at a small noodle bar, where we saw noodles made by hand and without any mechanical implement.  Yes, the noodle soup was fantastic.  Ray and Alex wanted to see some more of Shanghai before their early departure, so once again we said our goodbyes and parted ways.  We set off to find the Dahon.

We drove some 10km across town and found the shop, luckily it was open and well stocked with Dahon models.  It didn't take long before we were all trying them out and seeing what felt good and sturdy.

Eventually, I made my choice and started to haggle with the shop owner, a nice young man who's English was good enough to get the deal finalized.  It wasn't long before I was laying out wads of cash on the counter and grabbing anything I could as part of the overall bargain price.

Counting the Cash
[Counting the Cash]

I got a Dahon for a fraction of the price I would have paid in the States.  The easiest way to get the thing home would be to buy a suitcase and put the bike inside.

My new Dahon folding bike
[My new Dahon folding bike]

And back at home, it fit into a standard sized suitcase without any issues - amazing little machine.  From now on, it's coming with me on every trip.

Dahon folded up in my suitcase
[Dahon folded up in my suitcase]

That evening we all had a turn of riding the bike around the hotel corridor :)

And back at home, it fit into a standard sized suitcase without any issues - amazing little machine.  From now on, it's coming with me on every trip.


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