It’s like a particularly bad dream – you try on a beautiful, expensive bracelet to admire it on your arm, but as you go to take it off, disaster strikes. You see the precious piece of jewelry drop to the hard floor – and smash. Your stomach drops as the horror and guilt starts to take over – you dread the fact that there is no way that you can afford to replace the valuable item.
This nightmare scenario became one Chinese tourist’s bitter reality in June 2017. The woman from the Jiangxi province in eastern China was on holiday in the west of the country, visiting Ruili, a city in the Yunnan province close to the border with Myanmar. She was just doing what most tourists do, wandering around the local shops and stalls.
The tourist never saw her sight-seeing day going as badly wrong as it did. She stopped by one particular stall in a covered street market that caught her eye, and proceeded to admire all the beautiful jewelry on offer there. She was mesmerized by the colorful display of rare jade bracelets, a gem typical of the region.