|A map of the area around the China Marriott Hotel in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China for families adopting.|
The bank. We exchanged $8000 and we had a lot left over! But it took a long time for the teller to do what she had to do so plan on going first thing in the morning on Monday (Gotcha Day) so you don't have to worry about it. It took an hour without a line to wait in.
The concierge has a stroller you rent. Basically you pay a fee and then they return money to you when you turn it in as you leave. The cost to rent is minimal. Our girl was a little over 4 and can walk. She had low motor tone but it is a lot of walking so think about stamina for excursions coming from the orphanage. The stroller was a nice option.
Yes McDonalds is across the parking lot and we went there for lunch (mainly for convenience and to buy happy meals so we had hand held toys. Our mistake not to bring small toys like Little People) There are stairs to climb to enter McDonalds. They want you to point at the pictures to order...but so do the locals. Helen said the fountain drinks are safe to drink.
The noodle place is immediately past the bank and the museum. They have picture menus as well but no bathroom. The waitress pointed to the street when we asked for a bathroom for our daughter. (No thank you! Thankfully she held it.) The food is good.
The Coffee Club is across the street from McDonalds (use the subway to cross and they have escalators) this is the best Chinese take on western food. We had the pasta it is ok. But the environment is nice and quiet.
You can order pizza from the concierge...they have lots of options not found in the USA.
To cross the street you HAVE to go underground to the subway. You will not have to pay a fee. At the busy crossings they seem to have escalators but just stairs at others.
There are at least two LARGE parks near the hotel within walking distance. One is past the McDonalds at the next intersection (go in the subway to cross) Just stairs. This was our favorite with a kiddie play park.
The other park is diagonal from the hotel and built on a hill next to the freeway. Very pretty.
We felt very safe everywhere we went.
The China Marriott Guangzhou does have an outdoor swimming pool. Most of the people use it for laps but they will scoot over for you to play. We brought a puddle jumper with us and we were so glad because she had a blast. Bring Bath toys to add to the fun and can double as hand held toys in the day!
Specific to a Shantou Adoption:
It will be a 6-8 hour journey depending on the mode of transpiration they bring them on. They will probably be wearing a diaper for the journey even if they are potty trained. Ask Helen to take them to the bathroom before you leave the adoption office when you get your child. You will experience a squatty potty in action and that is helpful for the future (especially if you are flying out of Hong Kong or going to the zoo).
We were told by the nanny who brought our daughter that they wake them at night to use the bathroom so they lack bladder control at night. We found out the hard way and after asking the staff to change sheets twice we bought pull ups at the grocery store (ask Helen to take you).
Just a suggestion: Video your child speaking "Chinese" as much as possible. Since Shantou speaks a local dialect when it's gone it will be gone.
Here are some of the words we figured out since there is no book or translation app for their language. I have no idea how to spell them so I just phonetically wrote them out. Our daughter was serious about teaching us Chinese at first....
Oy Oy = Shoes
Babatong = sucker
Wagee = Airplane
Bongya = open/on
Baba = Daddy
Exiting via Hong Kong: It's a long drive (3 hours + depending on traffic) bring snacks for dinner and water. You will stop half way at a road side bathroom with more stalls than you have time to count but they are all squatty potties.
The Hong Kong hotel was our least favorite but it's a place to stay and the view out the window is incredible!
|Our daughter rode the luggage because she didn't have the stamina to keep up or walk that far. You got to do what you got to do to get HOME!|