Today has been another wonderful day here in Guangzhou. We woke up early this morning and went to church at 9:30 thinking that it would be the chinese/english service. Turns out that service is at 11. So we went went for a stroll before church. It was really interesting to see a chinese church service. To see them worshipping the Lord is such an amazing site! Katie was a little distracted as the lady next to her kept touching her "beautiful" hair! Quinn made it through the first twenty minutes and then was a squirm worm so Dad took her outside -- they had speakers outside so he could hear, and Quinn just walked all over the place holding dad's hand. After church we came back to the hotel for a quick lunch, and then our wonderful guide Shinko came and took us to the jade and pearl markets -- where we did some damage!
The markets here are unlike anything I have ever seen! The pearl market was inside this 7 floor mall that was rundown. It was shop after shop of strands of beads -- nothing to special. The jade market was an outdoor/indoor market that had lines of stalls selling all kinds of beautiful green jewelry. After walking around a bit, we decided it was time to head back. On our walk back we walked through the ping marketplace. They definitely have some interesting things for sale. We walked by cages of puppies, kittens, rabbits, turtles, and tanks of fish and other sea creatures. They also sell a lot of natural medicines -- dried roots, mushrooms, fish and snake skins, etc.
We then got back to hotel where Quinn took a short nap. The sisters went out to shop -- we are getting better at it! Tonight we headed to Lucy's for dinner (again) and then did a little shopping. Mom, you would be so proud! The girls have made friends with one of the local shop owners, Grace (pictured). She loves to give us deals! But worse yet, we are starting to deal with Susan. She remembers Mom from the last trip -- "the tall crazy lady who laughs a lot and bought twenty pairs of squeaky shoes"! She now wants to deal with us and is going to give us good deals on the rest of THE LIST.
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The Helliges in China