Monday, September 11, 2006

Finally in China!

We made it late last night to Nanchang! Our guide Mary picked us up at the airport and told us about the Jiangxi province on the ride to the hotel. She said that the province is quite poor and the majority of the people or production is agriculture on small plots of land that the government tells them to work. There are also manufacturing plants, but the economy is mainly ag.

Our room is very spacious and has a kitchen, two bathrooms, dining table, living room and bedroom. Since we were going to stay here 9 nights, I wanted plenty of room to wander around. I can't figure out what is in the mattress to make it so hard, but there is a something like a down comforter on top and we slept great. Our internet didn't work last night, but this morning two very nice employees came and spent a lot of time working on it until fixed.

Nanchang is very different than Hong Kong. Just like we had heard, many people get around via bicycle and scooters. We also rode in a taxi today -- quite the breathtaking experience, but also quite a thrill for the $1.30 fare. I'd love to video one of the rides. We have already visited Walmart to get formula, diapers, drinks and what-nots. I found a lot of fun drinks to try and moon cakes are being sold by the hundreds because of the upcoming Autumn festival. The director told our guides what formula the other families needed, which was quite a little thrill. Our director is going to bring a bag of Shi Shi's formula. I hope we can figure out how to give him some money for it.

Back to Walmart, I enjoyed walking around to see the different fruits, meats and fish for sale. After we got our things, another guide helped us order delicious beef and pork with cabbage dumplings for lunch. She said the resturant was the Chinese version of McDonalds and that they could be found everywhere. I'll have to try those again because they were about half the size of the ones we eat back home so I didn't order enough. I'll have to take a picture of them because they did such a better job of crimping the edges than I do.

I am glad we got out and were busy because we are overwhelmed waiting for Shi Shi today! This has been SUCH a long wait and now it is pretty much over! Hard to believe. There is a sweet little crib in the room and now we are unpacked and just waiting and waiting.


Blogger larry and marianne said...

Hi Lena,

Hopefully by this time, you have received Shi Shi. Congratulations! Mary is a great guide, and she will be at your every need. I enjoyed playing Texas Hold Em with her. Sleep well on those hard beds, we remember them well.

Larry, Marianne, Sarah, and Grace (Shang Guan Ying)

7:18 AM  
Blogger Krissy said...

YEAH!! Can't wait to hear how it all went!! kristen

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How exciting!!!! Please update us when you can -- can't wait to hear how precious she is!!!!

Beck :)

8:21 AM  

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