Monday, January 26, 2015

Guangzhou - Day 1

On Saturday November 29, we left Faith's birth province and flew to Guangzhou. All China International Adoptions have to go through Guangzhou because the US Consulate in Guangzhou is the only consulate in China that issues immigrant visa - which is what they have to have to come through customs in the United States. Guangzhou is the capital of the Guangdong province in South China. It is warm and humid most of the year. Think Miami. We arrived in Guangzhou in the evening and ordered pizza from Papa Johns once we were checked into our hotel room. 

On Sunday morning we took a few tours. Our first stop was The Temple of the Six Banyan Trees. 

It is an ancient Buddhist temple originally built in 537 in the Liang Dynasty. 

The main structure is the Flower Pagoda. Beautiful architecture.

After the Buddhist temple, we went to the Chen Clan Academy which now houses the Guangdong Museum of Folk Arts and Crafts. The roof of the building - both on the interior and exterior is covered with intricate carvings.

There are various shops where you can buy original Chinese Folk Art. We bought a calligraphy print of each child's name and a beautiful flower painting for the girl's room.

This gentleman was printing mountain and waterfall scenes by rhythmically pounding his fist on paper. It was amazing to watch!

We then we to a few more shops and then back to the hotel. Byron met with our representatives to go over our visa application and  Faith and I had a little photo shoot! 

She was finally feeling better and was back to being playful and giggly!

What a DOLL!!

That evening we went to a Cantonese Restaurant in the hotel where I had roasted goose for the first time - very tasty and moist, but a lot of bones, too. Byron had ribs. We walked around the very large hotel for a little while before heading back to our room to bed. Day 1 in Guangzhou was fun! 

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