The Third Leg in Our Journey
12.09.2010 30 °C
We arrived in Guangzhou late Friday evening and made our hotel rooms around 11:30.
Saturday all the adoptees went for a mandatory physical and innoculations. Everyone has to go through a specific clinic and targets Saturday so they can complete the adoption process the next week and head for home. I did not go along but the reports were that the clinic was very busy and not particularly considerate of the kids. Levi checked out ok but got 5 innoculations plus a TB skin test.
Dinner that night was at Lucy's. Lucy's is the unofficial gathering spot for adopting families because they feature a reasonable selection of western style foods at reasonable prices. Our rather unanimous was hamburgers or cheeseburgers and fries. We tend to eat big meals at the morning buffet, a light lunch and then a light supper. By evening we have all been rather tired.
Sunday we were back in tourist mode in the morning. Our first stop was at the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees. The Buddhist temple dates back to 1450. It is a tradition to have the adoptees blessed in the temple (optional). I think having the kids blessed is a nice way of establishing a bond with their heritage. The pagoda at the temple has 9 stories on the outside but actually 17 levels on the inside. Contrary to the old days of the Cultural Revolution under Mao Tse Tung, the Chinese now actively promote and protect their cultural heritage.
Next we went on to the Chen House. Chen is the most common name in this part of China and the "family" banded together to build a house and academy to promote members of the group. Eventually the family ceded the structure to the Chinese government who turned it into the Guandong Folks Arts Museum. It is filled with interesting handcraft, many of which are relatively new, lwhich means the old crafts are still alive.
Finally we journeyed to a local craft mall for souvenir shopping. I am sure a very profitable venture for the mall. I think every family cam away with something judging from the boxes and bundles.
Finally, this was the "red couch day". Group photos that included all the adopted children and then the children and their families. Levi declined to participate in the kids group photo. You will see us front and center in the family group photos.
In this photo upload you will also see pictures of the hotel and surroundings. It is quite a hotel and reminds me of the large hotels in Las Vegas. It is 843 rooms, is well maintained and is rated as a 5 star establishment. It is used by visiting dignitaries. Our room compares favorably with a good US hotel.