After many months of waiting my folks, and our first visitors, are finally here! We are all super excited to show them around our adopted home over the next two weeks and can only hope that we don't leave them too exhausted by the time they head home. We're starting with easy excursions to some of the cities highlights, with the Jin Mao Tower being our first stop. At 88 floors high I don't think there is a better way to see the city! It gives you an amazing 360 view of downtown Shanghai, including one of the cities most recognizable landmark, the Oriental Pearl Tower. Mom took the unique opportunity to mail some post cards from the world's highest post office and picked up a Jin Mao magnet to add to her vast collection. Off to lunch next at South Beauty, a Szechuan place, where Dad got to try authentic Chinese dumplings and according to him the best he's ever had. That night we took him to a local place for dumplings. We had Chem, our driver order for us since the menu is all in Chinese and the staff speaks no English. This is how you know you are in a "real" Chinese restaurant, dinner for the seven of us cost about $15.
Today Lucas had work and Lily school so it was just the four of us. Charlie has yet another cold with a bad cough so we made a detour to the doctors. Nothing major, but the doctor did give me some cough medicine for him and an antihistamine to help with the mosquito bites. With his sensitive skin the bites get swollen and take forever to heal. Doctor visit done we headed to the AP Plaza market, which is where you can find all kinds of souvenirs, silk robes, purses, watches, jade, and a thousand and one other things you don't need. Using the Century Square entrance we wandered around for about an hour picking up a bunch of souvenirs, a "Michael Kors" purse for mom, and a new suitcase for dad since the handle on his broke on the trip over. We headed home for lunch since Ayi was cooking chicken noodle soup. The Chinese use long spaghetti style noodles and cook a whole chicken in it and use very little seasoning. It is very simple and very good, perfect since I am still trying to shake off a cold. Tonight we went to Simply Thai for dinner to celebrate Lucas's promotion which was officially announced today at work. Lucas is now the Regional New Business Development Manager, bit of a mouthful, but we are all very proud of him!