If you've followed enough adoption blogs, you've read about the embroidery in Changsha. You may even think, "Yeah, yeah, yeah. Embroidery." Well, in person, it IS so incredible. Guys, there are enormous pieces which look like photos or paintings right down to texture. There are pieces that have one picture on one side of the silk and a different picture on the other side of the same piece of silk. They don't use knots. Of all the artistry we've seen so far, this is the most amazing. I'm going to include a picture of the dalmatian just because I want my "dog" friends to appreciate how intricate this is. This particular picture is the same on the front and the back.
This picture is HUGE. I think Mao is taller than I am. We purchased one picture and a few boxes with embroidery on them. There used to be 4 different types of embroidery that were from 4 different provinces. Now, only the Hunan style remains.
On a more personal note, Lydia is really warming up to us. She really enjoys walkers, and she can scoot around with pretty impressive speed and control. After her nap, Lydia was able to check out the pool. She warmed up to the experience more than she did to her bath. Since she loves to swing her arms, she managed to do a fair amount of splashing.