Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sightseeing day in Guangzhou

Our guide Jack took us on a field trip this morning to a place called the Chen Clan Academy (Guangzhou Folk Art Museum). It was a fascinating place, once the house of a very wealthy family in Guangzhou that hand carved all of the intricate architectural features about 130 years ago. It is one of the few locations that survived the cultural revolution of the 1960s, primarily because it was, at one time, the headquarters of the Communist party revolutionaries. Jack knew a lot of the history surrounding the home, and now the government has converted the preserved structure into a museum featuring embroideries, calligraphy, bone/ivory carving, ceramics, and tea. Yes, tea is an art form in China, and we got to experience an authentic tea preparation. Grace loved the tea!

We got to experience another supermarket in China... crazy times! This one was built into a skyscraper and had an underground parking garage with mechanized parking spots that allowed for cars to be stacked to accommodate more vehicles. We got a few supplies for Grace including some rice cookies that are big hit with her (but they seem kind of bland to us).

Grace loves to eat! She gets very serious when food is on the table and focuses very hard when eating. She likes to try to use the utensils, although often times she gets frustrated and goes back to her hands. Before and after meals are usually very rambunctious times. If we are waiting for our food to be served, patience typically goes out the window especially if she sees that she has an audience. Forks are likely to get thrown!

Grace has gotten much more comfortable with us. She is extremely outgoing and not afraid to play, laugh, and run with us. However, this also means she also can get very loud and throw tantrums when she doesn't get her way. She is also very smart and knows how to work the system! She will try to play us against each other, and if she gets in trouble she will try to smooth things over. She will definitely be a handful for years to come!

1 comment:

  1. Welcome to parenthood! Ben knows who to go to get the answer he wants (I'm a pushover). Grace sounds so sassy! I can't wait to meet and hug the little booger! We miss you too....hope the rest of your journey is safe and swift.




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