GUANGZHOU, China - On the final night of his trade mission to China, Gov. Jerry Brown walked into the Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou, looked up 30 stories from an atrium on the 70th floor and said, "Wow, this must be expensive."
The businesspeople, campaign donors and friends accompanying Brown on the trip assembled over a lavish dinner of sushi and Australian beef sirloin in a hotel restaurant overlooking this humid city of more than 12 million people.
The Democratic governor offered a toast.
"To all you people who came on this trip not quite knowing what you were going to get, I think we've all seen more than we expected and maybe more than we deserve," he said.
Brown went on, "To all our California and Chinese friends, many years of prosperity and happiness and good fortune."
Brown's office gave staff members California license plates that read, "DREAMER." They were signed by Brown and his wife, first lady Anne Gust Brown.
The event marked the end for most delegates of the week-long trade mission to China. Brown and his advisers are planning to make one more stop on Tuesday, in Shenzhen, before flying home later this week from Hong Kong.
PHOTO CREDIT: A California license plate Gov. Jerry Brown's office gave staff members on his trade mission to China (top) and a figure given to Brown by the Bay Area Council (bottom). David Siders / The Sacramento Bee