We arrived in Guangzhou around 2 a.m. and have had a day here thus far. The White Swan Hotel is absolutely fabulous and caters to adoptive parents. In fact, at the breakfast buffet, all we saw were tons of adoptive families with their Chinese children. Does anyone else stay here other than AP's? Doesn't seem like it.
It was rainy and cold outside, but I was stir crazy from the long bus ride, so I explored some of the shops around the hotel. This is definitely the best place to buy everything you may want such as chops, silk dresses, squeaky shoes, books, peasant paintings -- basically everything is available. I wasn't that great at bargaining, but made a few purchases for our daughter with which I am pleased. Word to the wise, try walking away if the price is more than you want to pay. Then you'll have some bargaining power. I'll try that tomorrow.
We had the medical exam today. Elyza weighs 15.6 lbs and is 72 cm long. I was glad to find out that she has no ear infection. So her ear tugging must be related to teething. She did not cry one bit during the medical checkup. Such a good baby.
We completed what seemed like endless paperwork, had take out for dinner, and plan to hit the bed early. Tomorrow, our guide will go to the U.S. Consulate for us to finish the last bit of appointments. We'll have tomorrow free so I'm hoping to get some more shopping done.