The Grant Family: Father Bob S., Mother Clare, Son Bob Jr. and Daughter Clare Jr. from Claremont, California paid the first of, what they told the WCE Blog, will be many visits to the Big Buddha at Ling Shan in Wuxi, China.
Bob S. Grant, a former proctologist turned English teacher, told the WCE Blog that his visit to the Big Buddha was spiritually uplifting and that he was thinking of converting to Buddhism from his New Age faith.
His wife Clare, a former Tax Attorney now teaching at Little Nippers Kindergarten in the Meicun District, told the WCE Blog that the people at Ling Shan treated her "mighty swell" and that she made many new friends. "The monks were so helpful. They accompanied me everywhere and tried their best to ask any questions I had!"
The Grant children told the WCE Blog that they were "freaked out" by the stares from the other tourists at the shrine, but felt like celebrities when they were constantly asked to pose for photos. "One family asked us to pose with their grandparents which I thought was quite a honour!" said Bob Jr.