washi tape in Guangzhou! {somitape}

So after my lamenting yesterday regarding never finding any washi tape in China, my online friend Reyna went to work. She is the one that told me about the manufacturing company in Guangzhou. Well, she contacted the company again for me and when I woke up today I had an email from Victor of Somitape. It was our last day in Guangzhou and we’ve ventured all over the city exploring. So for final kicks, we headed to a new district in search of tape. Chris thrives on exploring new places and I really like pretty craft supplies. We are a perfect match.

Here is where the cab dropped us off:
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We called Victor’s cell and he met us to help us find the showroom. The factory is located somewhere else. It would have been fun to get to tour the factory. Somitape deals primarily online and with distributors. They are the first washi tape manufacturer in China (I think or one of the very first).
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After going inside, they led us up a little staircase to the most beautiful little room I’ve ever seen. I am thinking my studio needs a few of these displays.
9.6.12-3I picked out 35 rolls of tape! I wish I could have filled a few suitcases full. How pretty is this room?! You can order tape online in small quantities or if you are a shop, you can do a big purchase. If you are ever in Guangzhou, China and want to visit – let me know. I will help you find the showroom.

This is Victor and Annie. They went above and beyond to let us come visit and shop. They were so kind to our family.
9.6.12-4Thank you Victor, Annie & Reyna for a very fun way to end an incredible time in China!

After indulging in tape and some last yummy food, we headed to take a train to Hong Kong. This is our guide Helen. She was so wonderful…kind and caring. I asked her a million questions about Chinese culture and she was so gracious to answer them. She was with us when we met our daughter and she coordinated all the official stuff. We just showed up when she told us to and she did the rest. She is a huge part of why our trip went so smoothly and stress free. She will always be a very special part of our memories from this trip.
9.6.12-9Crossing the border into Hong Kong…so crazy that last time I was on that train I wanted to throw up from being so anxious and nervous. Totally different experience having Little One in my arms and headed home.
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We are now in Hong Kong…who knew Noah’s Ark finally rested here? Well, maybe not Noah’s actual ark, but it says it is built following the exact Biblical model and dimensions.  Totally random place to stay, but it is actually completely interesting. I know the photo below looks like something done with Photoshop, but that is really what it looks like. I’ll be sure to get pictures in the daylight to post later. There is a huge park and exhibits around the Ark, but we will have to leave too early in the morning to check any out. Bummer. Just so you know, Noah’s Ark has internet connection. I am writing to you from the top level…we have a little patio to watch the weather from…smells better on the deck than inside.

Photo from tripadivsor.com, and the smell comment was a joke. The inside smells quite normal.

Next stop – Oklahoma and my family together!!!!

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  • Claudia Petton - ahhhh!!!! i would have died to see all of that washi tape together in one store available for me to buy! it’s so hard to find cute patterns for cheap here in the US. anyway, I’m so happy you are on your way home so firecracker can finally indulge in the joy of having her little sister home. looking forward to pictures of them meeting for the first time! :D

  • Sundee - Thank you for blogging these last two weeks!! I’ve enjoyed every moment of your amazing journey. Blessings on your journey home and reuniting with the two at home!!

  • Alice H - I am dying to see a picture of Firecracker with her sister!!! Yay for coming home to OKLAHOMA!!

  • Suzanne - Oh my, what a wonderful way to end such a beautiful trip ~ with amazing somitape! I cannot wait to see firecracker and her sister. Can. Not. Wait!

  • Kara M - OH my WORD! That is a very pretty room of washi tape.

  • Jenny - Woo Hoo, you found the tape!!!! So glad u could end such a wonderful
    Trip with such pretty tape! ;)

  • Danielle C. - Have a safe trip home! Can’t wait to see pictures of Little One at home <3

  • amber - I can’t believe it’s already time for y’all to come home! Time flies…so happy for you guys & for the whole family to get you back!! Safe travels…

  • Aunt Sandy - What an amazing journey the four of you took, now, there’s five of you coming home. I am so looking forward to meeting, and, getting to know my newest Grand Niece. She is just so cute!!!! I’m also looking forward to pics of Firecracker and Little One meeting face to face. Gives me goose bumps. Have a safe trip back home. Love you guys.

  • Natalie - Safe travels to you! Can’t wait to see the whole family together!

  • Jen - SO wonderful!! Thank you for blogging while on your trip! It has been such a privilege to read about! Safe travels on your way home – SO exciting for your family to finally be all together!!! :)

  • karen - que angels singing…. perfect ending to trip and beginning to a family of 7.

  • emmybrown - what a fabulous way to end your trip!!! so thrilled to see Little One in your home very soon!

  • Eva - Wow….that’s a lot of washi tape! So glad you were able to find it before heading out.

    Isn’t Helen just the absolute best? I simply adored her. She bent over backwards time and again….even holding my daughter down during all her shots 2 years ago. Amazing.

    Can’t wait to see all of your family united and under one roof!

  • tracy - Hooray for a beautifully successful trip! I cane’t WAIT to see your coming home pictures! So excited to see the girls’ reactions when they meet in person for the first time! Hoping for a very peaceful trip home for you all.

  • beth marie - i’m pretty envious of your whole trip. But I must say with the exception of the biggest gift you’re bringing home (that sweet girl!) I am most envious of all that tape! I will stop saying envious now and say blessed. you are a blessed girl, ashley!

  • Stacey Ball - Safe travels Ashley! Can’t wait to see you at home with pictures of your ENTIRE family…I’m sure I will cry.

  • Gayle - Praying your flight home goes really well. I know there are lots of excited family members waiting for you. Abundant blessings.

  • Jody Carr - I was just as emotional flying home with our girls as I was going to get them, just a different emotion. Headed home I knew our wait was finally over, we had them in our arms, they were finally ours. The most exciting part was seeing the large crowd of family and friends who had gathered at the airport with banners and balloons welcoming us home, to Oklahoma!

    Prayers for you all in the next steps in this new chapter, firecracker will love her, and like everyone else, we can’t wait to see the first pictures of them meeting!

  • betsy - ashley & chris ~ i have loved reading all about your journey in china! one night as i was reading {i believe it was the post about going back to little one’s orphanage}, i was a mess ~ crying….hysterically crying {happy tears!!}, when my husband walked in. i told him a little about your story ~ and that night i believe adoption started to stir in our hearts. thankful for you sharing your journey with all of us!

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators - Yay for washi tape adventures! What a fun way to end your China trip. Bring it on home!! Safe travels.

  • BeckyH in MA - I bet we will all hear Firecrackers squeal of delight!! Heee heee!!!

    Safe travels.

  • Lisa M. - Ha! Loved the Noah joke about the smelly ark!

    I cannot wait to see the new picture you will have for the 1st page going in to the blog (the one where it asks you “blog” or “snapshops”!!

    Praying for journey mercies for you and your family!

  • Lisa M. - Ha! Loved the Noah joke about the smelly ark!

    I cannot wait to see the new picture you will have for the 1st page going in to the blog (the one where it asks you “blog” or “snapshops”)!!

    Praying for journey mercies for you and your family!

  • able mabel - As fun as your trip has been, I’m sure it will be awesome to get home and start “real” life with Little One. Happy travels back to OK!

  • Sandy - Wishing you a quiet, quick, and restful flight home!! Can’t wait to see littlest brother and big sister with your little one!! Happy Day!!

  • Kelly - Wow! What a neat way to end with such a personal experience of people reaching out to you. And 35 rolls! So happy!!

    I have been reading each and every post but didn’t comment since we were in Europe and I was reading on my phone and I’m adverse to typing on a phone keyboard. :)

    This is SUCH a beautiful journey! Go God!!

    As many have already said, thank you so much for sharing your family’s story with us. It is really a gift and a blessing and I believe without a doubt that God is using it in hearts and lives for His purposes.

    Blessings on your trip home! Having just done an international flight with my own two year old, I specifically pray for good sleep, time to pass quickly and wonderful seatmates and flight attendants!

    Kelly

  • Stephanie Catlett (Mom's Happy Place) - Hi Ashley,

    It’s been forever since I commented, and I just had to say how happy I am for you and your family! What an adventure! What a blessing! May God continue to Bless you all more and more and more and more! Have an awesome day!

  • Elizabeth - Safe trip home and I think I speak for all your readers when I say we are looking forward to the first (full) family portrait!!

  • maggie - Can’t even believe you found that tape place! love it! I hope you bought a boat load…speaking of boats…that Noahs ark so random and cool! thanks for keeping us posted. Glad you are on your way home! :)

  • Rachel B. - You found the tape place! How awesome is God that He provides ways for us to meet some of the most amazing people in our journeys!? Praying for safe travels home…so glad you don’t have to take the Ark ;-)

  • Susannah - Yay! You’re going to be home with your whole family so soon!!!

  • Luciana - Dear Ashley,

    It’s been such a pleasure following your journey to your precious daughter. Thank you for allowing us to do so. You are such a blessed family. Many wonderful wishes for a safe travel home and a smooth reentry. I hope jet lag is not too bad on any of you.

    Much prayer and love,

    Luciana

  • Tracy a - Tomorrow you head home!! And after the best day ever…washi tape and Noah’s ark! Who knew China held such wonders?!? Praying for safety and the best flight ever!

  • Jen - I just found Somi Tape on etsy and bought 9 rolls! :) I have been living vicariously through your blog posts these last couple of weeks and am so excited that you are in the final stages of bringing Little One HOME!!!!!

  • Leigh Ann - I will be praying for safe travels and I am sure you are so anxious to all be together!

  • Jeannette - See you soon! Praying the trip home is easy!

  • Amy D - YEA, Ashley! So excited for you to be heading home! Funny thing is, we just got our daughter’s visa today, and then we head home tomorrow as well!!! God has been so faithful in both of our journeys, and to be true to his word to set the lonely in families, but I bet you’d say the same that He is redeeming our whole family along the way! Can’t wait for my family to be all together again! Savor those first moments of being 7!!! :)

  • Fliss - I have been enjoying reading your posts daily… oh my… what a gorgeous family you have…
    Look forward to seeing all the kids together and that gorgeous Yangxi girl coming home…
    All her Yangxi siblings are looking forward to her being truly part of her ‘forever family’… of that I am sure…

  • Heather Lilyquist - Hi, I found your blog through Angie Weldon’s ~ seems we all have a fondness for creatively lipped children :) We are in the process of adopting a little girl from China as well (unrepaired cleft lip / palate). Article 5 will be issued September 19th, and we are then “patiently” waiting for TA. You can see our little miss here – http://www.fullness-of-grace.blogspot.com/2012/08/introducing-nora.html I’ve been following your China journey and, naturally, it has me longing to get our little one and hold her in our arms. Anyhow, just wanted to drop a note to introduce myself. Your blog is beautiful as is your family and as is that little showroom of washi tape!!! I may need to know more about that should we have an opportunity to venture there on our upcoming trip!!! Many blessings as you return home and re-enter “life” :) Heather

  • linda - Home! YAY! Thank you, thank you very much for letting me have this be a part of my life.

  • Lindsay - How awesome! I have really enjoyed following your family’s journey to meet your beautiful daughter. Traveling with kids is no easy task. Traveling with kids in a foreign country makes you and Chris parents of the year!! Good for you guys for being up for exploring and for taking your kids (at least most of them! ;) ) along for the experience. I’m so excited for you!

    Welcome Home Little One! You are in the land of freedom and opportunity. I have no doubt you will seize everyday!

    Congrats to you and your family as well! Welcome home!
    Lindsay in Kansas

  • MelissaMarie - Noah’s Ark made me laugh, I would LOVE to see that! Oh glorious tape – ONLY 35 rolls??? It would have taken me all day to decide. God bless you as you travel Home, I pray your little one will be at peace with all the changes to come and will come to trust the Love that is surrounding her.

  • Alicia Millis - It has become a daily tradition now with my 2 little girls to read your blog together. My 3 year old talks about your sweet little one all the time, and if anything we have is made in China she says it was given to her by your baby! So cute. This post made me cry once again, I am so thrilled you are now on your journey home! Wow wonderful. Good luck on the long travel time and I CANNOT wait to see Firecrackers reaction to meeting little one :) luv your family, feeling so blessed to be able to read and share this amazing journey with you all. thank you.

  • Kim - Thank you so much for taking us along on your journey. It’s been wonderful and educational to see your view of China. And I have had the pleasure of laughing, crying, cheering and hand-wringing along with you throughout your process of adoption. Blessings to you all.

  • NanaDoll - I am so excited for your other children to meet their new little sister face to face! I am praying for you throughout each day!

  • Lyn - So happy you will be home soon with your whole family!

  • Pamela - That is so weird that you met Victor. I emailed him on Thursday to find out if they would send to South Africa. They do. Now I just need to get cracking and order. He was so prompt. Very impressed. I am very glad that you got to see the tape, as I was worried about just ordering without ever having seen it.

  • Katie@MyDarlingDays - Oh my… washi tape HEAVEN!!

    I just found your blog, and I love it! And your layout/design… gorgeous! Can’t wait to read more :)

  • Miranda Hazeveld - Welcome home. It was a great adventure.
    Hope to hear more about yangxi and If you have seen the file in guangzhou.

  • Reyna - Yei! yuppi! hip hip HURRA! Im SOOOOOO glad this whole thing ended up just RIGHT and all the clicking and typing emails and searching stuff was FINALY WORTH it! You don´t travel to Guangzhou every weekend…so i just felt that you really needed and deserved to get that cute product!. Victor was SO nice and helpful… i just wonder about going there someday.

    I just hope you post pictures about the lovely creations im pretty sure you´ll make with those tape rolls.

    Butterfly kisses to firecracker and little one. You are blessed with a lovely sister let me say.

    Mexican hugs and happiness! Reyna

  • Nom - Such such beautiful posts.

    And i know this will seem a silly insignificant question, but… do you know where we can buy tape from this shop online?

  • diy {washi tape holder} » ashleyannphotography.com - [...] it. There are a thousand ways you could organize tape, but I decided to go with simple. When we were in China, I saw tape displayed on long wood rods. Simple and so pretty. So I decided to make my own. I think [...]

  • Claire - Husband has just gone on a business trip to guangzhou. Trying to send him the address to give to a taxi driver but I’m guessing the photo of the entrance might even be enough!

  • Cheri - Ashley,
    I have a friend in Taiwan right now who is offering to pick me up some Washi/Somitape.
    I’m not sure how far he is from Guangzhou, but he’s willing to go look. If you could help with finding the showroom, I’d really appreciate it!

    Just curious, how much is it in American dollars?
    How should I direct a clueless male in picking some out for me? Hehe!

    Thanks for writing your blog! I LOVE IT and look forward to every picture of your beautiful children and your stories.
    Cheri

  • Mariel Medina - hi there. can you share the address to the somitape store in HK? i am going there soon. thanks.

  • Cheri - Ashley … I have a friend going on a business trip to China tomorrow! I’d love it if you could send directions to help him find Somitape. I’m not sure where in China he will be yet.

    Is it called Washi Tape in China?
    Also … trying to figure out how much money to tell him to spend … how much are the rolls? He’s a guy. I’ll need to be kind of specific :)

  • John De Sousa - I enjoyed reading your China trip blog and that you have cared enough to change for the better a precious young girl’s life forever! On a personal note, and I do apologise for hijacking your blog, I am at the start of setting up an online washi tape business (website still under construction) and need a reliable and trustworthy washi tape supplier from China. I have already been a victim of one of their scammers whom I paid good money for the washi tapes but never received them. The safest option would be to go to China myself to check out possible suppliers but I have a limited budget to get my business off the ground initially. On seeing the photos of you and Victor in the Somi Tape shop gave me an idea that at least you have been physically there and proven they exist. It sounds that you were more than happy with their service and I am wondering if you have a contact email for their small shop or the agent/friend who assisted you finding the shop. I have found a Somi Tape website, but I am hesitant to deal with that site because I have been burnt badly in the past thinking I was dealing with a genuine supplier who turned out not to be associated with a “legitimate website”. Many thanks in advance if you can help me. Kind Regards, John (Brisbane, Australia) John@washitapeaustralia.com.au

  • Michelle - Hi,
    The washi tape is so beautiful. You said we could buy online?
    How to contact Victor & Annie? Do they have a website?
    Thanks!!!

  • Terri - Hi Ashley Ann, my family and I will be in Hong Kong this coming weekend and I chanced upon your blog. I’ve got 2 daughters who are just in love with washi tape and we’ll be in Hong Kong this weekend to celebrate her birthday. I am very tempted to surprise her with a day trip to Guangzhou to visit this store! Can you give me some directions of how to get to their showroom? Thank you so much!

  • Mic - Really hope you will answer my query about somitape. It will really be very helpful. Thanks in advance.

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