Yuntai Gardens and The Infamous Red Couch Pictures


The group made its final big outing yesterday to Yuntai Gardens. What a gorgeous place! The city of Guangzou has really poured some money into these gardens. This is the Disneyland of Gardens. The Yuntai Garden is located at the foot of the Baiyun (White Cloud) Mountain. The weather was again absolutely spectacular and we had a great time.
Michael especially loved the enormous ancient bonsai trees.

There were lots of school kids there on field trips and they were adorable. A lot of the groups wear matching outfits and they again all wave and say hello in English. I loved seeing all the kids!

After we returned from Yuntai, we prepared for the Red Couch Picture. This is a White Swan tradition. All of the families dress their babies up in traditional Chinese clothing, put them on a couch, and then the babies proceed to scream their heads off and pictures are taken. It’s a bit torturous, but the babies do look so cute when they all arrive dressed up. Surae did well and just seemed concerned for the other babies that were upset.

This is the inside of the White Swan Hotel- Not too shabby!



  1. Aunt Sandra said,

    November 8, 2007 at 12:04 am

    What pretty pics! Surae is beautiful in that red dress. Thank you for keeping us updated so well. Can’t wait to see all of you. Love and safe travels. 🙂

  2. Nana Lewis said,

    November 8, 2007 at 2:07 am

    I’ll show these to Graham tomorrow. He loves his little sister already and enjoys seeing her on the webcam.
    The photos of the gardens look gorgeous. Reminds me of Buchart Gardens in BC. Wish I had that kind of green thumb! Surae is the cutest thing in that red dress! Love these posts! Will be so glad to see you guys back home. Stay safe..Love, Momma/Nana

  3. jamietaber said,

    November 9, 2007 at 4:21 am

    Just precious! You guys stay safe coming home! I can’t wait to see you and meet Surae! Take care!

  4. Chris said,

    November 9, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    I sure hope you took lots more pictures than that. Yes, the kids look torturously adorable. The Bonsai trees (or tree) is definitely what I would have been interested in too Michael. I personally killed mine in college…
    Oh and,
    Can’t wait until you’re back in the states.
    Might be a couple of presents waiting for you and my new neice.

  5. Nana Lewis said,

    November 10, 2007 at 3:05 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DANIELLE! Is so strange that you had your birthday yesterday on China time and today on our time. Does this mean you actually had 2 birthdays?!? good reason to eat cake twice! Safe travels coming home. Love, Pam

  6. benoweiser said,

    November 10, 2007 at 5:43 am

    Happy Birthday Danielle!!! All of your pictures have been so beautiful – especially of Surae!!! Travel safe and cannot wait to hear all about your adventures and meet your little girl.

  7. kevykev said,

    November 13, 2007 at 7:28 pm

    Hey Danielle, this is Kevin from Upstate. It look like you guys are, swinging the world by its tail… I hope the voyage remains a success & keep posting photos!

  8. Bonsai Trees said,

    January 19, 2010 at 5:35 pm

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