- Capital city of Guangdong Province
- Just south of the Tropic of Cancer, it is hot and humid!
- Our guide said 18 million people here in an area half the size of Hong Kong (which has half as many people). For you non-mathy types, that is 4x as many people per square unit of space.
- The Pearl River runs through it
Mother's Day and Larry's Birthday:
|The family picture Abigail drew, complete|
with Joseph Li (in orange) and
some flowers along the bottom.
|Larry with his mango-gel type cake.|
Larry hates his birthday and doesn't like people making a big deal out of it, but CCAI (our agency) decided to order a cake to our room and while touring around the city today, our guides made everyone sing "Happy Birthday" to him in both English and Chinese.
What we did today:
We went to the Six Banyan Tree Temple, a few minutes by bus from our hotel. Even Wikipedia describes it as an international adoption hot-spot in its entry. What is cool about it to me is that it is more than 7 times older than our country. Most of China's history is like that: it was established and well millenia before America.
|Pretty soon Abigail will be carrying me!|
|At the entrance to the 3 Buddhas, with|
our Buddha-bellied boy
|Under the 6th Banyan tree with my kids on Mother's Day.|
After that, we went to the Chen House, which is a Museum of Folk Arts and Crafts. There were plenty of super old "bonsai" trees and embroidery that looks like oil paintings.
|I tried to grow bonsai trees in my 20's. |
Like everything else I ever tried to grow (miniature roses,
gardens, even annuals) they all ended up dead and my
Green-Thumbed Sister In Law Steph got the pots.
|Little man is livin' large.|
Seeing this is very difficult on Abigail.
She views that as her exclusive seat.
|See: Looks like a painting, right?|
|But up close, you can see that it is embroidery|
|Joseph was showing off his new Squeaky Shoes to|
Chloe, who couldn't understand why her shoes did
|At dusk at the Pearl River.|
Again, I am not sure why Abigail isn't carrying me!