Thanks so much for all the great ideas for things to do in Nanchang. I had to giggle at TM’s comment, comparing Nanchang to Detroit and no offense to either city, but I think she hit the nail on the head. Add that to the fact that we are the only family in our group and it makes for some fairly slim pickins. We did enjoy a good night’s sleep last night and are looking forward to a visit to the People’s Park this afternoon. We are trying to avoid the morning touring as the wind and the cold seem to peak in the early morning and evening. So today we’ll be venturing out at 3. I am looking forward to getting some pictures with the backdrop of a park in China, to me there is nothing more lovely than greenery surrounded by the ancient architecture of China. Just hoping for a hint of sun today!
With my beloved friend Rebecca preparing to leave for China soon, I have been reminded that several times I have been asked about my best advice for families about to travel to China for their kiddos. So, to spice things up a bit, I’m going to post a tip (or how ever many I can come up with) a day, for your reading pleasure. And if you have a good travel tip to share, feel free to add it in the comment section.
Tip #1: Don’t overpack. And don’t overstress about crossing everything off your packing list. Batteries, baby supplies, diapers, formula, toothbrushes, shampoo, baby food, baby snacks… everything you could possibly want and/or need is available at the local Wally World or CarreFour type store. And if you think your W@l Mart is big, wait until you see the Chinese version. It’s like a Super T@rget on steroids.
Plus, when you shop with your new little one, especially if he/she is a toddler, there is no way the kid won’t fall in love with you… as you stroll the aisles and select snacks and candy and toys and clothes at a nod of their head… it’s fun stuff. Cole spent the afternoon yesterday with his arms full at W@l Mart. One item being replaced by the next favorite. It was so cute. A side benefit I love is carrying home all the Chinese versions of typical products… Chinese Johnson’s Baby Lotion. Watermelon flavored Colgate. Toothbrushes with funky little Chinese characters on them. Coffee flavored gum. Funky Chinese house slippers. Dora DVDs in Chinese and English. Seafood flavored Pringles… okay, not so much on that one.
Of course, we all know that once we return home with our kiddos, life can’t continue like this. At least it sure doesn’t in my house. I can’t count the times I say “no” on a typical trip to the grocery. But in China, it’s a fantastic way to communicate that you will fill the child’s needs and we all know, snacks and toys are the fastest way to a child’s heart.