In November 2004 we started the journey to bring a baby home from China ... five years later, in October 2009, we met Isobel Pingqin.
Our little livewire known as Izzy.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Shanghai - Day 12

I think we tried to fit in too much today – there is so much we want to see and do here in Shanghai and not enough days before coming home.

We started off this morning going to the Jade Buddha Temple so we could have the babies blessed by a Monk.  Ben, Izzy and I were blessed – Peter would have been but someone had to video the ceremony.

The picture of the man doing calligraphy was writing Ben and Izzy’s name in Mandarin and some good luck messages.  This was also blessed by the Monk.  The temple was beautiful, once again with stunning bonsai trees everywhere.  The Jade buddhas were incredible but we weren’t allowed to take photos.

We then went to a pearl factory (probably could have done without that), then went on to the “fakes” market.  We bargained a lot but probably still paid more than we needed to, but no one is going to tell you how much you really should be paying.  Still, we’re happy with our purchases!

Tonight we went to see the Chinese acrobats.  They were fantastic, but the same as Cirque Du Soleil Dralion which I saw last year which was a Chinese production – had I know they were so similar I wouldn’t have gone, especially given we had been dragging Ben and Izzy around all day.  I had to stand in the doorway for half of the show because Izzy was crying and people were giving me the evil eye.

Tomorrow we are not going on some of the scheduled sight seeing so Ben and Izzy can rest before another night out.

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