Our first stop, Japan. We spent a few nights at Jeff & Flora's house at Yokota Air Force base. After overcoming jet lag, we spent 3 days in the heart of Tokyo staying at the New Sanno. Tokyo was an impressive city, people are very polite and very well dressed.
Our second stop was in Hong Kong. We stayed 5 nights at the Kowloon Shangri-La. We did something each day and feel we saw about everything we cared to. We even got a chance to visit Macau, which main attraction was the casinos. Our goal was to enjoy ourselves and relax before the "BIG DAY".
29 May-9 June
Finally, we went to Guangzhou in mainland China and met with the other adopting families. There were 6 other families in our group (one adopting twins). On our second day our group traveled together to Zhanjiang with a CCAI representative (Alice). Upon our arrival at the Zhanjiang airport we were informed that we would receive the babies that day. We would be taken directly to the hotel to freshen up and then to the orphanage. There aren't enough words to describe that very emotional day.
These are the seven babies our group adopted. From left to right is YuMai, YuSong, YuXia, YuXuan, YuSha, YuFang, and YuFen. This picture was take by the orphanage staff days before we arrived for the adoption. Note the twins on the far rights and our Kaylee (YuSong), second from left.
All babies in the Zhanjiang Orphanage are given the surname Guo. The first name is determined by the year they were brought to the center. In 1999 all babies were given the name "Yu". Thus, since all babies adopted by our group were about 9 months old, they all had the same name "Yu".
Thus, their full names were "YuMai Guo, YuSong Guo, etc.
These are the same babies days after adoption. Kaylee is on the far left followed by the twins (Elizabeth & Madison). Next is Yusha, Emily, Erin, and Skylar. It was a tough shot as most of them still couldn't sit upright! We were the main attraction in the White Swan as the parents would prop the babies up and then run as others would frantically shoot away with cameras before the tots toppled. It looked like the paparazzi! Even onlookers were shooting pictures! Anyhow, this was the best shot I got.
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