Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Hanging Out in Guangzhou

Yesterday we spent the day hanging out in Guangzhou. We are staying about 45 minutes outside of the city at the YuanYang Hotel. We are not in the famous tourist district on Shamian Island known in Chinese adoption circles, so our shopping on this trip has been a bit scarce. Our guide (De) tried his hardest to help the group find a few trinkets to take home for, but there was not much around here. As we looked, De entertained us by singing Chinese lullabies and playing with the babies.

More important than shopping... Chloe has a fun new game. When she's propped up on pillows, she waits until she thinks her parents aren't looking and shimmies down into a laying position (grinning the whole time) and then lets out a cry, so her parents will run over and set her upright again. She's completing tests of the Chloe Emergency Broadcast System. We love this game because we see that she's realizing she can depend on us to come through for her.

After shopping and playing, we went back to the Chinese restaurant in the hotel last night with a family from High Point (Rob, Stacy, and Mia). We had a great time, and then I went for an hour-long foot massage. As I soaked my feet in a wooden tub, the masseur rubbed my shoulders, neck, and back. After that was done, he massaged my feet and lower legs as I drank tea and ate watermelon. The process took about an hour, and then I tripped back to the room and fell instantly asleep. It was a nice break after a long day of walking, shopping, and playing.

We're headed to Hong Kong today by bus after we get travel documents for the babies. We'll be home soon. We're excited about getting home, but we'll miss China and can't wait to come back to spend more time in Chloe's homeland. We have added some photos of Guangzhou. It is a sea of skyscrapers with well over 10 million people living in it. We can see about 15 large cranes working on construction projects out the view from our window. China's economy truly is booming as they begin to explore capitalism and the emergence of a middle class begins.


Blogger KennedysNC said...

Excuse me - but I see baby skin showing on Chloe's legs! Very brave walking around GZ that way!

Glad to hear everyone is doing well and those pictures of that smile are just the best.

Michael and I have loved reading your blog and can't wait to meet this little firecracker soon!

Safe travels!

MK and AMK

6:59 PM  
Blogger GG said...

The game Chole is teaching you is called "Training Mom and Dad". And you thing the trip to China was a wonderful adventure - you have just begun the best and most exciting adventure of your lives, being parents to that wonderful miracle baby girl! Get ready to "Rock and Roll" (in good ways) for the next 18 or so years. Please get her home quick. Much, much love, GG (Mom)

11:23 AM  

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