Thursday, August 23, 2007

Arrive in Guangzhou China

Well, Ling and I arrived in Guangzhou on the 23rd. Mr. Yang had arranged for a car to pick us up at the airport and bring us to his Apartment/Hotel. We had no problems finding him as he called us shortly after we landed. It was not free, but worth every RMB as we had peace of mind that we would go straight to the hotel....and not get sidetracked.

Mr. Yang's place is not bad at all. We rented a 1 bedroom with a living/dining room, a kitchen and a bath. We also rented a shared single bedroom for Lings son.

The place is clean with modern fixtures, it is small but then again so are most others. This place is actually a little bigger then the home Ling has been living in the past 2 years.

We have spent the last few days as tourist around Guangzhou. I must say I really like it. The weather is tropical, but I think the harsh summer has passed. The city is clean and easy to navigate. The roads are pretty good and the taxi drivers are much better than I have expierenced in other Chinese cities.

The buildings are huge, many tall tall skyscrapers, like New York, Chicago, or LA. Beautiful green lush parks between them. High-rise apartments everywhere.

There are 2 multi-level shopping malls within walking distance of where we are staying. They are both very similar to any you would find in the US. We found KFC, Starbucks, Pizza Hut, and Pappa Johns close by for a taste of home. Pappa Johns even delivers.

The complex consists of two 30 story apartment buildings, with a 5 or 6 story office complex in between them, all connected. This is where the US Embassy consulate is located. I will go there tomorrow adfternoon for ACH, and again on Wednesday with my Ling for her K-1 interview.

I'll try to post some pictures to give you guys and idea what it looks like around here.



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