1/4/2002 - 5th day with
It was beautiful day here
today. After our normal breakfast, (a great breakfast 5 days ago, now is
not so exciting anymore) we head out to Chuzhou. Chuzhou is a small city
(population 40,000) about 140 km from Hefei. This is the city not our
Anna but 6 of other babies in our group come from. It is a nice city and
everything seems relative new. The orphanage director is very friendly
man. He welcomed us and gave us a nice speech. The babies were happy to
see their nannies but quickly reached to their mothers. It was a big
relief to all of us.
We learned from him that there are 140 babies there. Most of them are
under 2 years of age. The orphanage was moved to this new location in
1995. Currently he is doing fund raising to build a science/handon
facility for children to play. This facility will require 5 million RMB.
They already have 3 million and wish to get another 2 million so he can
start the project. He also has plan to work on projectors for nannies to
visit children in USA and invite adopted children to come back to visit
We had a tour of the orphanage. It was very nice and clean. There is a
hospital and elder care facility on site. We saw two groups of beautiful
babies. The assistant director told us that some of the babies are
already being referred to families and some are still waiting. I feel
sad to see them being in an orphanage, but comforted to see they are
well taken care of.
All the families took photos on that famous blue rug, the rug on which
all the babies had their referral photos taken. On the way to lunch, we
stopped by the people's square. It is a nice open square. It was lunch
hour, there were not so many people on the square. It was a great place
to take photos. On one side of the square, there are 12 animal pillars,
one for each animal year. On the other side, there are 56 tall poles
each representing one of the minority group of Chinese people. On each
corner of the square, there are four pagodas, each representing each
season of the four seasons. All the families had their photos taken
under the dragon pillar since our babies were born the year of dragon.
The orphanage director treated us a nice lunch in one of the hotel in
Chuzhou. He emphasized that we adopted their orphanage's babies and we
are their relatives. We should come visit often. We left Chuzhou with a
great feeling of love and friendship. It was great trip.
I also learned that the reason Anna's orphanage (Huainan) is not as good
as Chuzhou from Chuzhou orphanage director. Huainan orphanage is located
next to a crimination
facility, which is considered a bad and unlucky location. Huainan
orphanage director wanted to move the orphanage to a new location. So
instead of improving the current facility, they have been saving money
so they can build a good facility elsewhere so they can be granted
permission from the government to allow adoptive parents to visit the
orphanage. I heard from Chuzhou director (both director and assistant
director of Chuzhou know the people in Huainan) that Huainan orphanage
is a good orphanage. I hope to learn more about Huainan orphanage when
we see the director again on Monday to finalize our paper work.
After the trip, our family went out for a walk. We had great time
walking on the shopping street. As always, we attracted many by passers.
We had Kentucky fried chicken for dinner. After shopping, Anna felt a
sleep. Berthold was carrying her in the front, followed by Toby, Joshua
then Sue pushing a stroller. At one point, a group people started
counting, one, two, three, oh... four. They thought there was another
baby under Berthold's jacket on the stroller!!
Anna is still teething, but doing great. We can feel one of the top
molars is already out. She was happy most of the time today. She was
very happy when we went out walking on the street. She herself attracted
a lot attention from the people passing by. However, she did show us her
temper when we could not buy the shoes she liked. There were two pairs
of black shoes we tried on her, she preferred one to the other.
Unfortunately they don't have her size on the one she liked. Little we
know, she cried for 5 minutes!! Oh, boy! She is not even 2 yet. What are
we going to do when she is a teenage!?
All the adults in our group are doing well now too. All the babies are
Tomorrow is another "free" day. We know we will not be staying in the
hotel. We will go shopping again. We just don't know how we are going to
carry all these stuff. Having been China since 12/18, we have
accumulated just too much things. Everything is good here. If you come
China now, please pack light