We spent Wednesday morning on Shamian Island. It used to be the center of the adoption scene in Guangzhou as the main adoption hotel, the White Swan, the US consulate, and the medical exam were all located on the island. The streets were lined with shops that all catered to the adoptive parent.
Now the White Swan is closed and the consulate and medical exam have moved into the center of Guangzhou. Most of the shops have closed or are really struggling. It is very sad.
We stayed at the other hotel, the Victory, for Taylor's adoption in 2009. It is still open, but very few families stay at it.
We spent the morning shopping for Chinese outfits, squeaky shoes, and other souvenirs. We ate lunch at Lucy's Diner with another adoptive family.
The retired people also enjoyed the scenery while they did Tai Chi and hackey sack. They were really good.
It is a requirement that you pose your child with this statue. (Just kidding, but it is a popular picture spot.)