Laura had a wonderful time in Changzhi as we spent the day eating and shopping. Great for Laura as she is small enough that the shoes and clothes fit her.
Laura standing with Xueer and her friend Lisa.
We enjoyed a lunch of noodles that are made by a Dong Bei family (people from North East China) which is where Xueer and Lisa are from. So a favorite for them.
The owner liked Laura so he dropped an extra 10 little hard boiled quail eggs in her bowl. I rather enjoy them so Laura shared some with me. We each got a bowl for $1.50 but too big for Laura and I to finish.
A stop at the local grocery store for some pineapple.
Very interesting to watch them use a special knife to trim the pineapple.
Laura joined me on my morning walk thru the park. Laura decided she needed a rest.
Another view of the park.
A busy Changzhi street with a donkey added to the mix. Laura really enjoyed watching all the donkeys trot up and down the street.
The day ended with a delicious Chinese dinner.
When we arrived in Changzhi I was surprised that the weather was still soooo cold. So we all wore coats in the restaurant and Laura learned what it was like staying in a cold apartment.
Xueer, Joan, Laura, Lisa
Laura holding her electric blanket that she used at the apartment. Luckily we are about the same size so she could borrow some of my warmer clothes to wear. I have heard that this is the coldest April they have had in 10 years. Great. Anxiously waiting for spring to arrive.
One afternoon while in Hong Kong the clouds set in so our sightseeing from the mountain tops was limited so we decided to make a short trip to Macau by super-jet boats. We were there in an hour.
Macau is a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China since 20 December 1999, and, like Hong Kong, benefits from the principle of “one country, two systems”. The tiny SAR is growing in size – with more buildings on reclaimed land – and in the number and diversity of its attractions. The greatest of these continues to be Macau’s unique society, with communities from the East and West complementing each other, and the many people who come to visit. The first people to settle Macau were Portuguese.
Macau is turning into a small Las Vegas as many people travel there to gamble since it is against the law in China. I wanted to check out the Venetian Resort as I heard it was the same as the one in Las Vegas.
In many ways it was identical except that all of the gambling is out of sight (behind the short walls behind Laura and Mark). So more family friendly as the children are unable to see any of the gambling. You were not allowed to take pictures so I took this one going up the escalator. (quick get away)
I almost thought I was in Las Vegas until I saw the signs written in English and Chinese
On the jet boat we paid a little extra so we sat upstairs and received a meal during the short one hour ride.
Laura wasn’t too sure if she wanted to eat the fish dish with rice. I thought it was quite delicious. Mark and Laura loved the small containers of juice They would have liked many more.
It was a fun afternoon outing and would love to go back again.