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Aug 2, 2012 - Sadness

There is a sad story that we learned about earlier in the week. It has haunted me ever since. On the first night in Yangchun we met the two oldest kids in the orphanage. One is a boy who is 10, and he has been there over a year. His paperwork is in Beijing so that he can be adopted. The other is a girl who is 12. She just arrived at the orphanage. In fact, she has been staying with Mrs. Yu for awhile. Her story makes me so angry and sad. She was adopted as an infant domestically and lived with her family for almost 11 years until her mother...

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Aug 2, 2012 - Finding Location

We went to Renn's finding location today. In 2007, we saw it at dusk so I was anxious to see in the light. Renn is from Tanshui, which is about 40 minutes southwest of Yangchun. Tanshui is a town, under the district of Yangchun. The guide and the assistant orphanage director came with us in a van along with another family whose location was in the same general direction. Renn's town has changed since we saw it in 2007. The built an additional section on the main drag. And, the assistant director told us industry has come to Tanshui. It is...

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Aug 2, 2012 - Hotpot and Mrs. Yu Sings Karaoke

Today was the last day in Yangchun. After we saw Tanshui, we came back to the hotel and ran into Crystal and Sydney. They were off to find something to eat. We joined them. Since we did not have a great experience in the hotel, we wanted to find something in town. The first restaurant we entered did not have a menu with pictures and no one knew any English. We kept walking. I saw a place that looked like a hotpot place based on the fact that the tables had burners on them. We tried speaking in English and one guy knew enough that we...

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Aug 1, 2012 - Caves, Stone Forest, Bumpy Roads, and Tutus

Today we visited the caves and the Stone Forest. I really enjoyed the caves. First, they were cool. Second, there were interesting formations. Renn rushed me through them because she saw a bat when we first entered, she hates dark places. To get to the caves we had to travel over EXTREMELY bumpy roads. They were almost as bad as the roads from Chengdu to Wolong in 2007. They were the worst roads I have ever traveled. Our guide told us that the trucks don't want to pay the tolls so they don't use the expressway; therefore, the regular road...

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Jul 31, 2012 - Fireworks, Iced Red Wine, and the Dinner that Wasn't

Today, we went to the the orphanage. It is really called the Social Welfare Institute because it houses both orphans and the elderly. When we first arrived, the SWI workers set off a bunch of firecrackers in the courtyard. It was a big surprise for sure. Most of us had one hand over our ear while holding our cameras in the other. We toured the three buildings of the SWI. There is the oldest building where the elders are housed starting on the second floor. On the first floor, they have pigs and chicken used for fresh meat. There is also a...

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Jul 30, 2012 - Amazing Welcome

We started off today checking out of the hotel and driving to the Guangdong Provincial Archive Building. We had to go there as an official visit to get permission to go to the Yangchun orphanage. They require a fee to visit the orphanage (800 yuan) and another fee to see the file (100 yuan). This was not optional even if you didn't want to see the file. We had already seen the file during our 2007 visit and took pictures of the pages. Today, we were not allowed to take any pictures; however, a translator sat with each of us and answered any...

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