Sightseeing in Nanchang

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The first two days in Nanchang were filled with paperwork, but for the last 3 we have been seeing all the sights of Nanchang. When you look at our window, it is extremely drab and dreary here. There has been a constant fog or smog since we arrived and the town is very industrial. But, then we hop in the bus with our group and our guide, Rui, takes us to the most beautiful temples. They are truly magnificent and unlike anything I have ever seen. The one we went to the first day you can actually see right out of our hotel window. It is called Shengjin Ja Pagoda. It was first built during the reign of Tianyou in the Tang Dynasty. It is the highest ancient building in the city and we climbed to the top.

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Rui also bought some incense for us at a local store and we burned some to symbolize our past, present, and future.

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The next day we headed out to Teng Wang Pavillion. The pavilion was built in A.D. 653. This was another beautiful pavillion which held a surprise at the top- a Chinese performance was taking place and it was fantastic. The women were wearing amazing costumes and the music was enchanting. Surae seemed to really enjoy it!
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People in Nanchang are really interested in Surae. We have a tag that Rui, our guide, gave us to wear that explains the adoption process that we can show people. They seem very appreciative overall although some people are upset that we don’t have more clothes on the babies. They want them bundled to the point of a heat rash!
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Today, we explored Xianghu Lake Park. This is a Daoist temple and was another beautiful sight. It is really, really windy today and chilly!
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Surae is still doing really, really well and her little personality is emerging more and more each day. She is starting to become more verbal and active. We can get her to laugh a lot now. She is really a sweet girl and only fusses when we put her down to sleep. Then, she calls out for her mama which breaks my heart. She must have been attached to someone in the orphanage which is a good thing! Photobucket
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4 Comments

  1. Nana Lewis said,

    November 1, 2007 at 11:00 am

    What great photos and commentary! Some of my friends are reading along on your blog as well and we think you should work as a writer for a travel magazine. 🙂 We’re so glad you are enjoying the touring and having a good time. Looking at the photos of Surae she seems to be a happy and very active little girl…that must be her “spicy” side emerging. Danielle, you’ll have to write in your next blog what that means. Now we have two “spicy” granddaughters! HA! Tell Surae that Nana and Poppy can’t wait to meet her. Love, Momma/Nana

  2. jamietaber said,

    November 2, 2007 at 3:20 am

    Danielle, I just love your blog so I decided to start one – it’s such a good way to record memories. Here’s my address http://tabers.wordpress.com/ There’s nothing on it yet, but maybe this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Melanie said,

    November 2, 2007 at 11:57 am

    Hi! THANKS so much for the updates and pictures.
    The streets all around the Jin Feng ahve wonderful stores. There is an art store behind it on the way to Shengjin Ja Pagoda.
    ALso, a must…go straight across the street to the bakery.
    Yummy and was sooo cheap!
    When to you leave to go to Guanzhou?
    Melanie

  4. Chris said,

    November 3, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    Holy cow, great sights, good pictures. Just getting caught up replying. Wow, the calls for mama must really tug on your heart strings, but before long those calls will be all yours. Fantastic update.


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