So a well planed tour to the Nan Yue King Tomb would seem perfect for me. We depart at 9:15. Check. We arrive at 9:30. Check. We follow a preset tour schedule. Check. This should be just my thing. Except that it wasn’t.
I was really looking forward to the tour but when we arrived, I found it to feel binding, restrictive, boring. I wanted to be out exploring and experiencing new and exciting things. Artifacts were not doing it for me today.
I was very relieved when the tour was over and we could do something more spontaneous. We started out with a stop at the jewelry market. Now that it my kind of fun: A five floor mall selling nothing but jewelry! It’s a huge place and looks are deceiving because when you are inside the mall, you are in the inner ring. A quick trip down a hallway and there is another outer ring of jewelry stores in back. On each floor!
Last time I was in China I was looking at jade bracelets. Tony encouraged me to get one but I decided against it (hey, someone just handed me a baby and told me she was mine forever…I wasn’t exactly focused on the material things). Well, as soon as I got home I regretted my decision not to purchase the bracelet. I guess the new mommy glow had worn off by then.
Today all regrets were put to rest and I now have a beautiful jade bracelet adorning my wrist. After 3 ½ years I can finally say: Mission Accomplished. And I did it at the jewelry market.
Feeling the need to continuing feeding my spontaneous spirit, I volunteered to skip the bus ride back to the hotel. Instead I escorted some people that I met on the tour through the crowded pedestrian mall in Guangzhou, through the markets, and back to the White Swan, where they were staying. It was crazy out there today, which only added to the fun. The people I escorted really enjoyed the walk, and so did I.
Upon returning to the hotel, I decided we would kick back and have some down time, but after a bit, I was restless again. So Molly and I headed out to the crazy-busy pedestrian mall in search of hair pretties. I promised her lots of hair accessories, and this place has them in spades. We scoured lots of tiny shops, shoulder to shoulder with the locals. And we were literally shoulder to shoulder. No personal space in the country.
After a successful shopping trip we headed back to the hotel to meet up with the Ahern’s for a bite to eat. We went to the executive lounge for dinner (we have all of the perks at this hotel!) where we ran into some other adoptive families. Suddenly, my chaos driven personality disintegrated. Kids were wild, adults were wild and I had a big need to scream, “Stop the madness!” But I didn’t.
I was glad that when dinner was over I could retreat to my room for some peace and quiet. Except Molly followed me in, so the chaos continued…at least until I could get her in bed. Now all is quiet and I am regrouping, getting ready for another adventure tomorrow. China is very fun when you plan less and experience more. I feel like I am not seeing China on this trip. I am living it.
The fearsome foursome. Look at that little Sara Jane hanging with the big kids. She has come a long way in such a short time.
Back out into the crowed streets of Guangzhou. You can't understand the concept 1.3 billion people until you have been in 1.3 billion people.
Apparently Shamian Island is the hot spot for photographers. There are people dressed up in all kinds of get ups being photographed.
In China, people rent white wedding dresses and pose for pictures in them. For the actual wedding, they wear traditional red Chinese dresses.