Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Sightseeing at Two Parks Commemorating Martyrdom

Today, Wednesday the 7th here in China, we finally got to do a bit of sightseeing beyond the streets immediately surrounding our hotel.  This morning we walked 15 or 20 minutes to Martyrs Park.  We had to be careful not to get lost, mainly because we didn’t want to wander aimlessly for too terribly long simply because we couldn’t remember how to retrace our steps. 

We got to see a little more of the culture of China, watching folks do tai chi, waltz, sing in what appear to be informal community choirs, exercise and more.  The park also had a small kiddie amusement park area (perhaps a dozen rides) so we plopped down a few yuan so the girls could play on some of the stuff there and ride the little train.  Jillian loved the train. 

This afternoon, we applied for Jillian’s passport and then our guide took us to Huanghua Gang Park.  In 1911, there was a failed effort in Guangzhou to overthrow the Qing Dynasty.  Seventy-two warriors died in battle and are buried in this park.  We came to the park, though, because it was the finding place for Theo, the 3-year-old being adopted by Elizabeth and Steve. 

We spent some time looking for the location that they had been told was where Theo was found, but it didn’t match exactly with what we saw at the park.  Still at least they got to see the vicinity of where their boy started his path toward their family. 

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