It’s like something from a particularly bad dream. At one moment, you’re trying on a beautiful, expensive bracelet – but then, as you go to take it off, disaster strikes. You see the precious piece of jewelry drop to the hard floor – perhaps in slow motion – and it smashes. 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.
However, this nightmare scenario was one Chinese tourist’s bitter reality in June 2017. The woman from the Jiangxi province in eastern China was 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.