We had a very nice visit with some friends today. They picked us up in their Honda Oddysey, the Chinese version (http://www.ghac.cn/odyssey/). What a great car! I wish Honda offered something more like it to the U.S. market. It is smaller than the Oddysey in the U.S – both in height and length (a 7 instead of an 8 seater and without sliding doors). It is much more of a station wagon than a mini-van. I am decidedly anti-mini-van but would be happy with a Chinese Oddysey with AWD etc.
Anyway, I digress. We went to a park, Baomo Garden
(http://www.lifeofguangzhou.com/node_10/node_35/node_155/node_525/node_527/2009/03/11/123676197561569.shtml) in Guangzhou’s outlying Panyu district. Of all the parks we have visited in China, this was probably the best maintained and certainly the cleanest (including the very clean and nice-looking restrooms with many Western toilets). I wish we had known about it when we had our guests here back in January! We cannot believe that no one told us about this place before. Our hosts even brought nets and a travel box so the kids could catch some small goldfish to bring home (we have now added Rosie and Clammel to our menagerie).
After hanging out in the park, doing a bit of shopping, having some snacks, observing the turtles in their habitat, and seeing innumerable fish – including some Chinese varieties of freshwater fish longer than Jie-jie is tall, we headed to a local diner for a very nice lunch. The meal mostly included well-done local fare – steamed chicken, egg fried rice, eggplant, fried noodles and greens, and chicken soup. However, the meal also included a very delicious Malaysian curry – in our case they brought some sauteed vegetables and a tureen of the curry to pour over them – heavenly! We are so fortunate to have friends that can help us to see more of the area.