A visit to my roots

Hello,

Today was a special day for me, I got to see my orphanage that I lived in for the fist 11 months of my life, 10 years ago. I met the same lady that took care of me in the orphanage and handed me to my parents. We had lunch together and took some pictures.

The first picture at the bottom of the page, is my parents, the lady, and me 10 years ago. I was 11 months in that photo. The second photo is the one we took today, my dad, the lady, and me.

So to start off the day we drove to the orphanage, we went inside and talked, then we visited the kids. My dad and I had brought maple candies for the children. The lady said something in Chinese and all the kids came running to the gate. They held out their hands begging for a candy. They were cute.

We were informed that over 5,000 kids have been adopted from that orphanage over the passed 18 years. Sadly the kids that are still there all need special needs.

We went into the back yard and it had been exactly the same since my parents were there in 2004, 10 years ago. I recognized the back yard from the photos my dad took in 2004.

After we were done there we went to a park…we didn’t stay long.

After we went to a store, for me to have a souvenir of my birth place. The first thing that came to mind was a nice little boutique with a bunch of nice little things. But not in Yangjiang, more than half the store was filled with knives, since Yangjiang is known for knives. But I did get something special for me, it’s a boat in a bottle. I really like it. My dad got my sister a little sort of doll, he got a ceramic knife, a pocket knife and a new pairs of scissors for our kitchen, since we already had broken two of them.

When we finished there we went for lunch. After lunch, we said good bye the the lady, we went back to our hotel.

I didn’t do anything during the after noon, except play on my iPad! I was tired and it was too hot outside to do anything!

We just came back from dinner a few minutes ago, we ate a late supper.

Well, that’s all for today! Good night!

-Tianna-

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Néih Hóu or Hello from Canton

NínHǎo

Today we just traveled all day. We took the plane from Beijing to Guangzhou, at 8:05am and landed around 10:00am. We met our guide for Guangzhou and Yangjiang, his name is Philip. Then we to drove to my city, Yangjiang, we took a mini bus, the ride lasted exactly 2 hours and 50 minutes.

When we arrived at the hotel we were guided to our room, 4023. When we entered the cleaning lady hadn’t quite finished her job, she started to rush, but we told her to take her time, we hadn’t been in any rush. When she finished making the room ready, she welcomed us in, and she left.

We started to unpack, then we skipped my mom and sister. Shaylin had just woken up, she looked very sleepy. We said good bye and went for dinner. We sat next to the window, where we saw palm trees outside. The food was good, we were debating if we should order desert, we ended up deciding we were to full. We went up to our room and I ate a maple candy.

For the last few days that we’re in China we aren’t going to be doing much, we will be at our own pace, which won’t be very busy.

Well, I think it’s time for me to start heading to bed, it is early but I slept half way here, and I think that’s a sigh that I’m tired!

Good night

-Tianna-

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Chinese Family Day

Hi,

Today wasn’t like any of the others, we got the great privilege to spend the day with a Chinese family. We got to see what their daily life is like, it was fun. The young girl is 13 or 14, her name english name is, Rose. Her and her family are super nice. Roses friends were there, Jenny and Tina, they were really nice, and very shy…but so was I, we were all very shy and nervous, except Dad and Roses parents.

They gave us the chance to make dumplings, they were really good, and we weren’t that bad at making them for a first time.

We were taken to a museum about Beijing history, it was interesting. After the visit they were kind enough to take us to a restaurant, Pizza Hut! Personally I liked the pizza a bit more than the pizza I’ve tasted in Canada.

After our delicious dinner we went to our hotel, we took a few pictures with them, as you see at the bottom of the page.

Today was much calmer than every other day we’ve had so far, and that’s a really good thing.

Well we have to get up super early tomorrow to catch our flight, good night!!!

-Tianna-

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Great Wall 2015

Hi, Today felt like a long day. To start off we wen to the Great Wall of China, I enjoyed it, even though it was 35 degrees, and the whole thing was stairs.

After we went to eat our lunch at a restaurant, the best part was the fact that there was a Jade store underneath the restaurant! Obviously everyone rushed to eat and then went and shopped. Everything there was so well made and so beautiful, I wished I could buy the whole store!

I got a Jade pendant, it’s a feather that’s dark green, I love it so much, I also got a pair of decor chop sticks. My dad got a dragon, it is super detailed and beautiful, I personally think it was one of the best items there. I would say what else we bought but the rest is for my mom and sister, and I know they’re going to see this so I can’t say anything about it, except for the fact it’s something made of Jade.

When we finished up there, we went to the Summer Palace, it was a little march but not that bad. We even got to go on the Dragon boat. We saw and learned many new things. When we went to dinner, everything was super delicious!

When we were done, we went to Beijing Olympic Park, I’ve already been there when I was six, and that’s one of the only places I remember going to when we adopted my sister. So in other words I found it really boring to be there, happily it was only 30 minutes, and that went by pretty fast, so it wasn’t that bad I guess.

On the way back to the hotel, I slept in the bus the whole time. I think a lot of us did. We were all very tired from our day trip, we walked/hiked a lot today, it was pretty exhausting.

I’m happy to be back into my hotel room relaxing/falling asleep. Good night!

-Tianna-

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Theatre Day!

Hello, Tianna here once again!

Today was a day where we inside most of the time, which was really enjoyable! We watched a lot of Chinese people doing Chinese performances, they were beautiful and entertaining, and in some there were funny parts!

We started out our day by going to a place where we learned Chinese culture by watching performances, and we did some arts and crafts, Dad and I made one mask each. There were many performances, they were all very impressive! The first one we saw, it was some older people doing different stuff, my favourite part of that dance was seeing a couple of the women falling into the splits as if it was nothing…and they were older, it was amazing. We got to see a guy karate chop a hard solid rock…obviously there was a trick, my dad saw it but I didn’t.

Next we went and ate at a restaurant for lunch, there were different foods, in one of the platters there were chicken parts…even the head was there, you could tell where the eyes were before they removed them, I was super grossed out. One of the adopted girls at our table decided to try one, she said it was mushy and disgusting, I don’t think anyone else tried it but her.

After we ate, we went to a Chinese art school, we did a few activities that, and others for their faces painted as if they had a mask on. After we switched to another room and watched Chinese dances, they were beautiful, there was also a couple of miming plays. When we left we went to the restaurant to eat dinner, all of us were tired by then, we were told we looked like we were about to fall asleep. The food was delicious, but when it came to desert we saw what looked like a cheese cake but ended up being mashed potatoes with blueberry sauce on top, which was very disappointing.

To end our day we went and watched an acrobatic show, it was beautiful. One of them was men doing flips through hoops, some of the hoops were really high. Another interesting one was, 12 girls on 1 bicycle doing tricks…I was so amazed. There was also a young girl, probably around my age, having little ornaments on her hands, feet, and mouth, and she went from lying on her back to lying on her stomach and back onto her back again, without dropping any of the ornaments, I was super impressed! The one that put everyone at the the end of their chair was the last one, 8 guys on motorcycles, inside a ball, going around and around and around, we all thought they were going to crash into each other since they were crossing each other, I think it amazed every single person in that audience!

Well that’s all for today, good night!

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