Today we left to find some souvenirs for Jia Wen that are specific to the Liaoning province. Our driver, Mr. Jaw? (can't spell it, but that's how it's pronounced) was kind enough to take us to an ancient street area built in the Qing dynasty. We were able to get a neat "fur painting" for Jia Wen. It is built up with feathers and such to give it a 3D look and then hand painted. We chose a pig since she was born in 2007, which in China was the year of the golden pig. Grace told us that she too was born in the year of the pig and that it is the luckiest animal because it just eats and lies around. Actually Grace has been a hoot. She always ribs Steve about his big American nose and makes fun of us for eating KFC and liking sweet and sour chicken and pork.
Later, our driver gave us some interesting Chinese candy to try. It rocked. Then he took us to another store where we bought Jia Wen a little Russian nesting doll. In that area there is quite a bit of Russian influence since we are only 8 hours away from Russia. It turns out we are also only 2 hours away from North Korea.
|ancient street area|
|Jia Wen and Maimie with their pink nail polish|