Monday, September 03, 2012

Shamian Island

Our first stop on our shopping excursion today was the jade and pearl markets where Jen proceeded to drop a couple thousand yuan on a jade bracelet and some pearls.  After jade and pearl shopping we headed over to Shamian Island for some more shopping.  When we adopted Grace we stayed on Shamian Island at the White Swan Hotel.  The hotel is currently under renovation and we were pretty sad to see it completely gutted.  The rumors of there being a lot less shops catering to adoptive parents is a bit over-exaggerated.  We found at least a dozen shops selling souvenirs for adoptive parents.  The prices are a bit more expensive and the owners are a bit less willing to bargain but there were deals to be had.  We have a suitcase full of loot for Cameron and Grace to show for it.

Tomorrow is another off day for us.  We don't have any definite plans though.  Possibly a trip to Canton Tower or a Buddhist temple.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


I found your blog recently and wanted to leave you a comment. We just returned from China 2 months ago with our son. We took along our daughter Grace and stayed at the Garden as well. I have been enjoying following your trip. We flew in and out of Hong Kong and took the train from HK to Guangzhou. Since our son was from Guangzhou, we were there the whole time. FYI-there is a great Malayasian restaurant called Sabah if you go out the back of the hotel and head to the right. There is an indoor mall beyond Pizza Hut and McDonalds. Sabah is on the second level. Our guide recommended it and it was good. The noodles and spring rolls are so good!

Enjoy the rest of your trip, you are in the home stretch!