We managed to pack, get paid more than we were expecting, and have tearful goodbyes with friends and students before our 16 hour train ride to Guangzhou. We've arrived safely and, in celebration of a successful year in China, or to comfort ourselves for all of the difficult goodbyes (I'm not sure which!) we've booked into a 4-star place on a small island, called Shamian Island, on the river through the centre of the city. The island is gorgeous - colonial architecture, quiet streets, cool river and lots of shady trees - and the hotel is the most luxurious place we've been in China! I've already had some firsts today, including tipping a bellboy, having hotel branded bathrobes, and the big, air-conditioned lobby. Firsts still to look forward to are, of course, exploring Guangzhou, but also room service!
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Our room
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Our view across Shamian Island. The river is to the right of the picture
6/19/2011

Excellent news! I'm so glad that everything happened as it did, and you were paid properly, and that you are now set upon the last big adventure before we see you again in a couple of weeks. Hope you have great fun in Hong Kong! Love to both - from Dad xx

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Cindy
6/22/2011

Enjoy the luxury... you deserve it!!!
Have a good time in Hong Kong. x

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