Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The ferry ride from Shekou to Zhuhai takes about one hour. Zhuhai is the city that is on the mainland right across from Macau. Then the taxi ride takes about 30 minutes. We asked to see some very old pieces that have just come in. We went to a factory, which was not running as it was Sat., and got to see the process used to transform very old, weathered, broken pieces into useful refinished furniture. We ended up purchasing a piece that was in the warehouse.
The piece is a little over 100 years old. We were given information about the area of China is came from. It is to be delivered to our house in a few days. It is a chest and has some great hand-carved Chinese reliefs. We liked the fact that it did not have a thick coat of lacquer that most of the refinished pieces sport. Later that day we found a piece with lots of color from Tibet. It had not been repainted or refinished, as many pieces have, but is not as old, only about 50 years. We both liked it and so we bought it also. It will be shipped with the other piece and delivered to our home from about 75 miles or so away. Total cost of delivery is under $15.00 US!
I don’t know if we will bring all this stuff back with us but it is fun buying and decorating our apartment.