China Trip Days 13 and 14

Sorry I didn’t get around to posting yesterday.  This post will cover the second and third of December–our last few days in China!



It was rather rainy for a day at the zoo, but we stayed pretty dry in this little vehicle they drove us around in.  Our driver even stopped by all the cages so we could get pictures!



The elephant came out of his house just in time for us to see him.



You can buy leaves and feed the giraffes.


Mom was right up there, feeding this guy, but Lucy and I were a little unsure.


Okay, I’ll try it. . .


Lucy wasn’t convinced and gave me her leaves.  Did you all know that giraffes are kind-of big?  And kind-of scary when you have your hands up close to their mouth?


Well, at least now I can say I’ve fed a giraffe!







Unfortunately the pandas weren’t feeling social, and wouldn’t come out of their house.  So our pictures aren’t very good.


The only other time I’ve seen a panda was at a zoo in Virginia, when I was seven.  If you had told me that day that the next time I saw a panda I would be in China, on an international adoption trip, not the youngest but a big sister times two–I don’t think I would have believed you!


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This was also the day of our consulate appointment (the American side of the adoption).  We couldn’t bring any cameras in, but our guide told everyone in our travel group to bring their cell phone to take a picture of the sign outside, and she would hold all the phones during the appointment.

The next day (the day before we started the long trek home), the breakfast buffet was so crowded that they took us less-than-early risers up to the revolving restaurant on the top floor!  Did I mention our hotel was fancy?




The view.  I can’t even begin.

Did I mention that I love China?

8 thoughts on “China Trip Days 13 and 14”

  1. Thanks for posting, Hanna!
    The red panda’s would probably be my favorite thing if I had gone there! Did you have a favorite animal you guys saw at the China zoo? I probably would’ve been nervous about feeding a GIANT giraffe to…. 🙂 Anyhow, it looks like you had a good time!
    – Jai P

    1. Hmm, maybe the lion. #NarniaFanatic 🙂
      The red pandas were neat too! They had all kinds of cool little houses and jungle-gym-things in their cage. There was a family in our travel group who were from Asia, and they said that in Chinese, they call them “lesser pandas”.

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