Through the window of our room on the 21st floor, the view of the Pearl River was spectacular. Still in daylight, I spotted three cranes straight ahead, two short, one under construction and the third directly across from our full wall window.
A lot of rooftops had water gardens with fish, a zigzag walkway over the water, a Pagoda in the center on another walkway and an old-style Chinese house with a fenced and bricked, L-shaped veranda affair at one side of the house. Couldn’t guess its use. Lots of fans and air conditions, another bricked patio, some with organized, potted gardens and others bare, but swept clean. On the far right, I made out an old style boat on the Pearl River.
We were again joined by the French group during dinner. Afterwards we learned The English Group Eight would no longer travel solo. Beginning the next morning and for the remaining days of our tour, we were to share the French bus and tour guide.
- Sauces: ketchup, hot pepper, chili paste, soy sauce, sour cream and chili sauce
- Spare ribs
- Sliced pork
- Egg pancake
- Pork with celery and carrots
- Sweet and sour pork
- Bacon (boiled) with celery, red peppers and snow peas
- Rice with sliced green onions and egg whites
- Baby Bok Choy
- Apple strudel (in disguise)
- Fruit plate: sliced watermelon, cantaloupe, grape tomatoes
People gathered around in the lobby to check e-mail before calling it a day. Once again, Internet was available in the lobby only. This is the spectacular chandelier in the lobby.
There was a Starbucks Coffee Shop off the lobby, which opened to an outside patio. Room Service wine was 38 Yuan / about $6.30 USD per glass. A bottle, however cost 268 Yuan / about $44.65 USD.
Our room once more had a glass-walled bathroom with a pull down blind. This setup was still a mystery. Why have glass if you need the blind? Why not a regular wall instead? Not one of our tour guides gave us a straight answer when asked, which only made the whole setup even more odd.
Sue manually pulled down the shade for privacy. As we sat on our beds reading around 8:00 p.m., the whirl of a motor startled us and the shade rose. What? After playing with the buttons panel on the wall, success at last. Five minutes later, the shade rose again. Upon a second investigation, I noticed there were three buttons. If the bottom button meant down, the top one meant up, the middle one must mean hold. Down. Hold. Success! No more musical blind.
This was only a one-night stay. Bags were placed outside our doors by 10:00 p.m. and ready downstairs for the next morning’s departure at 7:45 a.m. Why not bring our bags downstairs in the morning ourselves? Anyone confused yet?
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