Lunch on Saturday on the island with our guide, John
Breakfast Sunday morning @ Starbucks. Emma made a mess, as usual!
We then went to church on Shaiman Island. The service was in English and Mandarin; too cool!
As usual Emma had all of the folks at church around us laughing!
We then went to the White Swan hotel to get the famous 'red couch' picture
Of course Emma did great with the pictures
She started laughing hilariously when we started making faces. :-)
We then went home in the rain and Emma feel asleep in my arms!
Monday morning we got up early & visited 'Six Banyan' Buddhist temple. The structure above was built in the 1200's -- I believe the oldest structure I have ever seen.
The temple was decorated for the Chinese new year with the red lanterns above. They are seriously everywhere right now (along with Tangerine trees!)
Buddhas in the six banyan temple
Family picture in front of one of the banyan trees
We then went to visit the 'Chen family' house, displaying traditional Chinese Architecture
Emma hammed it up all weekend with our driver and our guide. The driver told our guide that Emma is 'absolutely adorable'. We know we are in trouble as he is not the first person to tell us this!! Here she is blowing a kiss (we learned how to ask her to do it in Mandarin and she does it, freaking the cutest thing ever).
One of the other things that came up this weekend (that we were not prepared for) were questions about Emma's race. Apparently she is a minority in China -- that is to say, she is not typical 'Han Chinese'. Her eyes, lips, and nose look different then Han Chinese (which represent about 80-90% of the population in china). Her skin is also darker so I think that throws people off. Anyway, we had a few people (both American & Chinese) ask us if Emma was in fact Chinese. It threw me for a loop at first b/c I thought perhaps they were asking if she was my biological child but I quickly learned that they wondered if she was another race or from another country. We talked to our guide frankly about the scenario and he explained why he thought she was a minority (eyes, lips, nose) and that it is not disrespect that they are asking, they are just curious. We will never know what minority she is 100% & we don't care. She is adorable and that is what I tell people when they ask. They all quickly agree so I do think they are honestly just interested.
Thank you all for the support and emails re: night terror advice by the way! Things are going better in that department and we are learning how to address it when she does wake up. She is napping great and we have started to try to nap during those times as well.
Tomorrow we have one last day of site seeing with John including dinner at his favorite Cantonese restaurant. We plan to try the rice wine (apparently comparable with a vodka drink) as well so we will see how that goes! 4.5 more days and we will be home!