We had our consulate appointment yesterday at 8:30 AM. It's really no big deal - take an oath on behalf of your adopted child, give the person at the little window some stuff for the file and get your older child fingerprinted (electronically). Badda-bing done. Our guide picked up SongSong's visa today and we fly out of Guangzhou to Beijing for some sight-seeing at 10:30 AM tomorrow. I really like the city of Guangzhou, but I'm ready to leave. It's been nearly a week of about 100 degree heat with almost 100% humidity. We're absolutely drenched with sweat every time we walk anywhere (it was actually almost the exact same weather in Chengdu - maybe a few degrees cooler). Tim won't ever just sit in the hotel, so we're always walking somewhere. The underground mall is about 1/2 a block from our hotel, so I suggested going there today. He can walk and it's much cooler there than it is on the streets. I'm just ready to be dry again - although I saw on Yahoo weather that the Beijing forecast is for rain while we're there :-p. I may have enjoyed both Chengdu and Guangzhou a little more in - say - November to March :-).
Just as a side note, the day we left Beijing on our way to Chengdu (July 21st) they got a major rain storm and there was flooding in (I believe) the Fushan District. We just missed it (literally by a few hours). The official death toll was 77, but there is speculation that it was much higher and the gov't is not reporting the true numbers. Please remember the people affected by this tragedy in your prayers.
I'm attaching pictures from right outside our hotel (Hotel Elan) and of the "Tunnel of Guangzhou" aka the entrance to the underground mall.