Last day in China
Our group 'red couch' photo
Our travel group at the waterfall
At the U.S. Consolate
Busy day - photo shoot in the afternoon followed by our Consolate appointment. The consolate was a lot of waiting, & we stood in a few lines, & then waited some more. A woman came out & addressed the whole room (50+ families) & had us hold up the baby's right hands & recite some type of verse. It was cute =) Then they handed out the Visa's & we were able to leave.
It took us a few hours to pack. We bought one of those cheap suitcases here to pack our purchases in. Low & behold - we actually needed the duct tape. No, not on our mouths . . . the cheap suitcase didn't latch all that well, so we got it to close, locked it, & then circled the suitcase a few times around with the tape. Perfection! I think we got everything in. We'll end up carrying on a lot of the fragile stuff on the plane.
Grammy had a massage tnite at the White Swan - it was reasonably priced & quite an experience. The woman hung from a towel wrapped around a bar on the ceiling (no kidding) & walked around on her back with her feet. I can't get into much more tnite as I'm exhausted & we have to be up at 4:30AM. I was not brave enough to sign myself up for that. She said I missed out . . .
When we arrived here last week, we got to see the White Swan decorated for Christmas. The staff even wore Santa suits. They had a decorated tree near the waterfall - it was amazing. Today we went to breakfast & during the night they had started to decorate for the Chinese New Year - WOW! Huge dragon sitting in the middle of the breakfast buffet, lighted goldfish jumping around the waterfall, & giant lanterns hanging from the ceilings. Absolutely beautiful! We got some pics, but not digital. I'll try to post a few after we get home.