Erik's company was invited to a party hosted by the US Consulate to celebrate the 4th of July. Erik and I attended along with his colleague. The party was in Guangzhou, China, an industrial town, two hours from Erik's office in Shenzhen. It was an honor to be invited and attend. The party's theme was traditional American BBQ style, but it was mainland China so not 100% authentic.
After the party, we drove back to Shenzhen and spent the night. Erik went to work the next day, and I spent the day at the spa. The spas in China are quite an experience and much cheaper than Hong Kong and much, much cheaper than the US. That evening, we went to dinner with Erik's Shenzhen colleagues to a delicious Sichuan dinner. There were 8 of us dinning and some drank beer; everyone was very full. It was a very nice restaurant. The total bill was about $60. Two unique and fun days.