PM visits Shanghai market Saturday; buys tea for Mom

SHANGHAI, China — Stephen Harper dived into the real China Saturday morning, making an unscheduled stop into a popular local market to buy Chinese tea for his mom.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper visits the Yu Garden market in Shanghai

SHANGHAI, China — Stephen Harper dived into the real China Saturday morning, making an unscheduled stop into a popular local market to buy Chinese tea for his mom.

The excursion appeared to have been a hastily put together event.

Exiting from a black limousine, Harper and wife Laureen went on a stroll along the busy market.

Some in the crowd recognized the Canadian prime minister and began shouting “Stephen, Stephen.”

The Harpers then entered the Son Ling Tea Garden, where they had tea with Mark Rowswell, the Canadian commissioner general for Shanghai’s Expo 2010.

Harper bought tea for his mother before crossing the street to shake hands and pose for photographs with a throng of curious locals.

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