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Friday, June 12, 2009

Visiting A Silk Factory

As a Tour Operator to China, I often receive many requests for specific places or things to see and visit by clients. The Silk Factory shown above is one that most clients seem to enjoy. This particular factory outside Shanghai in Suzhou known as the capital of the Silk industry with 27 factories is open for tourists. Cocoons are brought in from the farms which still have a live worm in them. You will see how these cocoons are unwound and made into silk hanks. Two worm cocoons like a two yoked egg can not be unwound so they are made into large webs that are stretched out on tables layer after layer to make Silk Comforters. They are fantastic and we have them on all of our beds at home. Warm yet very light almost like you have nothing over you. There is a wonderful fashion show put on daily that lasts about 15 minutes with the latest styles in silk wear by live models. The Show room has silk fashions from all 27 factories as well as yard goods that can be bought. Ask for Silk Cream for your hands. Best in the world for soft hands Visiting craft factories where you can see crafts made can be worked into your tours that are of interest rather than retail stores that some Group Tours take you to. For more information email us at Tours to China is our business for over 18 years having served over 2500 tourists for Private Custom Tours to China and Tibet. For continuing information sign up to have my blog sent to you whenever I write another story.

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