Going back to Tuesday…we had a free day. We slept in, enjoyed our breakfast again (going to miss buffet breakfasts!!), fed the koi fish, and then gathered our things and were off on an adventure. With the help of the hotel concierge, we navigated the Guangzhou subway system (Li Li’s first subway experience outside the game Subway Surfer), and went three stops plus one train change to make it to Yue Xiu park. It was another super humid scorcher, and we were feeling it, but pushed on. We hiked up the hill to the famous 5 ram monument, wandered by waterfalls and beautiful man-made lakes filled with koi.
We came upon at least 50 hacky sacking elderly folk (how they stay in shape!), and even played with one very talented man who ended up wanting to sell us a hacky (which of course we purchased).
We made it to Zhenhei tower, which houses the Guangzhou Museum, one of the oldest in China. The tower is a 5 story wide pagoda, built in 1380 during the Ming dynasty. We walked through the exhibits, which thankfully had a lot of info in English. Included were many things excavated in the last 30 years, but dated back to the stone age or BC. From the top of the tower was a beautiful view of the city.
For dinner we met with a friend who I got to know through volunteering with LWB. Meg and I were roomies during the 2014 Cleft Exchange, and have so much in common despite living in different states. It was wonderful to have our adoption timelines line up for us to be here at the same time.
Min Hui continues to do well, although he totally tricked us those first few days into thinking he was a quiet little boy who slept well. He can be quite loud – although his noises are usually happy. Sometimes though, he works himself up and it turns into a loud cry. He also is quite squirms and wants to be on the move. Should make the plane ride home very fun (hope you note sarcasm).