Today we bundled up all our stuff and headed off for a little sight seeing at the Guangdong Folk Art Museum. This academy was built over a period of 4 years ending in 1894 by the Chen clan. The Chen clan was the largest family group in the area and they went all out on these buildings. Each roof line of the many buildings is ornately decorated with very large but intricate carvings. I can only imagine the number of man hours it would have taken to carve all of them. The academy was used by the Chen clan both as a school and as a temple to worship their ancestors.
There were also a number of exhibitors who were demonstrating some of the traditional arts. This man was painting some very beautiful pictures with his hands. He liked to use the edge of his hand for painting. To me it seemed like he was just putting smudges on the paper, but by the time it was done he had created a very cool landscape picture.
Inside the museum there were plenty of little shops and souvenir stands. So while Michele was busy picking out some keepsakes to bring home, the girls and I played outside in the plaza. They were quite content climbing up and down the stairs, pushing the strollers around, and generally attracting lots of attention from all the other tourists. However, all that playing does tend to make you thirsty.
For lunch today, we found a McDonalds. The girls love their French fries and chicken nuggets. Go figure…
Overall, we seem to be bonding really well with the girls. They are laughing and smiling a little more each day. They still have plenty of temper tantrums, but they are becoming more and more comfortable around Michele and I. The girls are even starting to switch back and forth between us a little bit now. Jenna is still definitely a daddy’s girls and Quinn still prefers momma. But tonight I had both girls come sit beside me in the pool at the same time and later they did the same for Michele.
Tomorrow is an early start for us because we have to be leaving the hotel at 7:50. The girls don’t even wake up until 7:30 and it takes about 40 min to eat breakfast so it might be a bit interesting. Wish us luck.