Everyone begins with a pot of broth, flavored spicy or mild, and the waiters come light each pot to start the cooking process.
Our guide ordered our food (thank goodness!) - a variety of fresh vegetables (broccoli, chinese yams, mushrooms, spinach), meat (lamb), pastas and bread. Such beautiful food!
Each person cooks their own food in their own "hot pot". It's multitasking at it's finest! Cook, eat, cook, eat! This peanut sauce... super yummy.
Stella ate well and promptly fell asleep in her high chair. The day was exhausting for her. As we were leaving the waitress serving and watching us said to us "you love them just like biological children". Yes, yes we do.
Squatty potties... for our friends who have never experienced these.... Most public places in China do have western style toilets, but not this restaurant! Taking toilet paper with you is a must pretty much wherever you go. And forks too if you're not savvy with the chop sticks!
Some of our favorite Inner Mongolian goodies we picked up to bring back home (from the grocery store)- milk teas, milk candy, milk lollipops and some weird flavored Chinese potato chips (Numb and Spicy flavor anyone? Or how about Spicy Fish Soup Hot Pot flavor?)! Stella was given a traditional Mongolia dress, and an ornament from our guide and the international adoption worker.
We left Hohhot's mild, dry air (much like Colorado here in the US) and headed to Guangzhou's tropical, humid climate. Guangzhou is where all US adoptions are finalized as the US Consulate is located there. Everyone gets an appointment date to go over the US side of the paperwork and the goal is to get Stella a VISA to enter the US.