Wednesday, August 13, 2008

China Day Nine - Zhuhai

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We got up early the following day to catch a flight to Zhuhai. We liked these bright colored chairs at our gate:

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The first factory we visited had this creepy statuette...what IS this? It looked like a cross between Japanese anime and TIM BURTON:

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We had a long commute to our next appointment...China is going through an incredible building boom and there were billboards everywhere revealing modern construction projects:

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We were in a different city, being chauffeured by different vendors, but here we were again in a mini van, watching karaoke DVDs on the dash:

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There was a big Buddha statue in the garden of the next factory we visited. Missy rubbed his head for good luck. It just so happened that this was the same factory that produced ceramic pieces for SANRIO! I snuck a photo of a ceramic HELLO KITTY bank we saw sitting on one of the shelves:

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After work, the vendors took us to our next hotel, the YUWENQUAN HOT SPRINGS RESORT. The entire resort is styled after traditional Japanese architecture and interior design...needless to say, the rooms were totally off the hook:

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They had this gnarled tree branch built into the wall that was used as a coat rack:

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There was the obligatory "giant fan"...check out how big it is compared to Missy, bent over in the corner of the photo:

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The room had this table on a raised sat at it with your legs sticking down into the platform. When you rotated the table 90ยบ, you were able to sink the table down into the compartment, creating a level plane on which you could put down your futon mattress:

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The small print says: "There are some INDIVIDUATED pillows for you to choose in this cabinet"...sure enough, there was...including one with magnets in it, for "better health":

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The shower had all the traditional Japanese bath fixings, like a little stool for you to squat on while you lathered up:

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They had these funky 70's-looking gas masks that we could wear in case of fire...or mustard gas attack...or Godzilla attack...

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1 comment:

Ernessa T. Carter said...

Yeah, they have gas masks in Korean hotel rooms, too. Never quite got why. Makes me feel woefully unprepared at home -- like "should I get a gas mask, too??? Just in case Godzilla, chemical-laden terrorists, or a nearby volcano attacks?"