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Published on June 10th, 2011 | by Paz


Safari & Circus Part 2 in China Part 2

We enjoyed the zoo thoroughly and had a great time together as a family, Part 1.  However nothing could have prepared us for the circus.

After the zoo we returned to the hotel to rest and our nanny make the kids some peanut butter and jelly’s, the zoo’s food was a bit on the weird side. If you love octopus balls then you would have been in heaven. We don’t dislike octopus balls, but we opted out of getting any. Zeek did buy a beer and drank it next to the tiger cage. I think it made him feel powerful.

The kids gobbled up a couple PBJ’s and regained all of their energy. Zeek went and explored the hotel to find the best restaurant for dinner. He soon realized that it was too early for dinner and we only had a couple options. We decided on the Butterfly Restaurant and merrily went on our way to eat some afternoon Dim Sum.

Zeek actually ordered all of the food for everyone! Way to go! We all had a delicious dinner with drinks included for 325.00 RMB, so roughly $50.00 USD. This was a great deal especially since we were all extremely satisfied and the food was delicious. I have to add that I think the price was very reasonable considering we fed 4 adults and 2 children including drinks at a 5 star hotel. The service was not what we thought it should be, however the food was scrumptious.

Now that our belly’s were full we decided to mossy on over to the world renown International Circus. Every single person that we have talked to not only recommended the circus, but told us that we would be doing ourselves a diservice  if we left Guangzhou without seeing the Chimelong International Circus. Those are some strong words so we knew we couldn’t pass it up. The circus has reserved seating for hotel guests, however they are on a first come first serve basis. We arrived a bit early to make sure we had our pick. I will admit that maybe we were a little too anxious and didn’t have to arrive so early, but it gave us time to stroll through the gift shops and have some ice-cream before the show began.

I am tattling on Zeek…he left the camera on and the battery ran out right before the show began!! Good thing he is cute. I have considered buying a second battery pack to carry on hand at all times since this incident occurred. Nevertheless, he has to take me back so that I can take some good pictures. I think he may have done it on purpose just so we can go back to the show. Yup, it was that good!

This is a picture taken from our seats before the show starts. As you can see we were right up in front!

If you have ever seen a circus before I am sorry but it was not as good as this one. It had everything (tight roping bears, dancing elephants, trapeze artists, aquatic show, lions, tigers, and well this post isn’t big enough for all that we saw. The show was funny, exciting, riveting, beautiful, and well worth the money! Each adult entry ticket cost us 160.00 RMB so about $22.00 USD a person. A little more than a 3D movie in the states and so much better!

The show ended at around 9 pm so we all headed back to our hotel room and called it a night. The kids crashed almost as soon as we closed the door and we followed shortly after.

The next morning the kids woke up at their usual 6:30 am…yawn! Why toddlers & babies don’t understand the concept of sleeping in I don’t know. Their internal alarm clocks never fail. We look forward to their teenage years and their ability to sleep in and completely ignore us in the morning. We have made a solemn vow to then bug them in the morning when they get older…we might even have them whip us up some food in the morning. Hahaha

As we descend the elevator from our room for breakfast, the kids see tigers from the elevator windows. They have natural preserved areas within the hotel were you can see the animals. The kids spotted three tigers from the elevator. My best elevator ride ever!! We ate a delicious buffet breakfast at the White Tiger Restaurant. It is called the White Tiger Restaurant because they have a glass enclosing where 2 white tigers roam. They also have flamingos in an separate enclosed area. So as you eat your breakfast you can enjoy the beautiful animals. The food was great and the coffee was even better! The buffet was very reasonable at 88 RMB a person.

Here is a picture of the tigers from the restaurant. Awesome!

After our amazing breakfast we headed straight to the pool. We had to buy the flotation devices…of course. We spent 2 hours at the pool before check out time.

Lupita gets that look from her Aunt Genny!

Here is our nanny taking in a little sun after a busy few days.

Zeek and Abe soaking in the sun!

We were all very exhausted. I forgot how tiring swimming can be, especially with two small kids. We then grabbed some McDonald’s ice-cream and retreated to our home. We strongly suggest the International Circus to everyone that comes to Guangzhou!

If their are any other circus’s that you think might compare, please let us know. We are eager to find out.


About the Author

Paz is an avid adventurer in life and food. Traveling across the globe with her family they enjoy cultural immersion and checking out the local eateries.

5 Responses to Safari & Circus Part 2 in China Part 2

  1. Genevieve Garzon says:

    Wow.. that place seems amazing!! I would want to go just to see the tigers while I eat my breakfast.. lol. Looks like you guys had a great time!! It would be cool if we could go there when we come.. just a suggestion. BTW, that look comes from YOU! not me! Give the monsters kisses!!

    • Paz says:

      Ya it was very very cool. We will have to go there for breakfast. The brunch was great and seeing all of the animals is beautiful and all from your table. It is on the list of things to see.

  2. Angela White says:

    Lions, tigers, and bears oh my! Now our local Henry Vilas Zoo has some neat critters, but nothing like what you saw at the circus. Glad you are able to experience some of Guangzhou’s finest entertainment! Good memories.

    • Paz says:

      Ya it was crazy good. I don’t know of another circus that offers so much. Some even say it is better than circ de sole….I have never gone so I don’t know exactly. Love ya Paz

  3. Erin says:

    I would be interested in phone numbers for this place! You probably already posted them but could you tell me again? Looks beautiful and we are not too far from Guangzhou.

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