Friday, April 6, 2007

Our trip schedule

We are tenatively scheduled to fly out on May 3rd. After a 13-15 hour flight we will land in Bejing first for a few days of sightseeing and to recover from jetlag before we receive our girls. There are 19 families in all in our travel group. When we depart from Bejiing -12 of the families will split off and go to their specific provinces to receive their children. Our group has 7 families including us. We all are from: Arkansas (us), Virginia (2), New York, Oregon, California, and Alabama. All 7 of our families have been matched with 6 month old girls from the Yang Xi orphanage located in the Guangdong province in South China. We will spend most of our time in Guangzhou getting to know Mia and processing her paperwork. After a few days the 12 other families will arrive in Guangzhou with their children and rejoin us so they can finish their paperwork. (All adopting families must exit China and finish paperwork through Guangzhou).

Guangdong is the tan province at the southern tip of China. Some of the info I foundout: Guangdong has a subtropical climate. Summer can be sweltering hot and wet. Typhoons hit this province frequently in summer and autumn. Annual rainfall averages nearly 1500-2000 millimeters and annual temperature averages 19 C - 26 C. So the best time for travelers to Guangdong is in spring and autumn. (Whoo hoo for us!)Guangdong is famous for its fine Cantonese cuisine. Guangdong is graceful and charming. It is full of bustling markets, brightly lighted night fair, the Cantonese restaurants and tea houses.

Guangzhou, the South Gate of China, is a prosperous metropolis full of vigor.Guangzhou is the capital city of Guangdong, and the center of its political, economic, scientific, educational and cultural life.
Guangzhou is located in the middle south of Guangdong Province, north of the Pearl River Delta. It lies close to the South China Sea, Hong Kong, and Macau. Zhujiang (The Pearl River), the third largest river of China, runs through Guangzhou and is navigable to the South China Sea. Situated in such an excellent geographical region, Guangzhou is called China’s South Gate.Guangzhou is home to more than 11 million people, including a 3.7 million transitory population. WOW! I THINK THE TOTAL POPULATION FOR THE STATE OF ARKANSAS IS JUST UNDER 3 MILLION!

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