Changsha – Day 9

Good morning Changsha! For those from group 82 I can tell you that the Dolton Hotel looks just the same as we remember. In China so many things are changing and there is construction everywhere. After 5.5 years I anticipated that we would not be able to see things that were so familiar.

Our first stop today was Civil Affairs. I couldn’t believe it! It is just the same! We pulled into the parking lot and there was the building. We took the elevator up to the third floor and stepped off the elevator and to the right was the waiting room with the same wooden chairs and benches. The door way was the notary’s office with the same round table. (This is where we in group 82 first met our girls!) A welcome home sign had been ready for Mia and she was very pleased. The staff had a gift for Mia including a silk fan, a cross stitch pattern for her to complete, a map of China and a map of Hunan. We spent some time as a family reminiscing and talking about the adoption process. Mia took everything in stride but some of us held back tears with all the emotion.We spent about an hour at Civil Affairs. Now our orphanage visit fee is paid and we can visit Chenzhou Children’s Welfare Institute in a few days.

It rained lightly on and off today. We were able to visit Yuelu Academy between rain showers. Now a part of Hunan University, Yuelu Academy is about 1000 years old. Famous people are from Hunan including Chairman Mao who attended the university here and was an instructor for a short time. This part of the university is now operated as a museum.

Following another excellent group lunch we toured the Hunan Provincial Museum (Han tomb). Mia and Becca were excited to see the mummy. Lady Dao is a 2000 year old mummy and has been the topic of National Geographic specials. She is not old and dried out like Egyptian mummies instead she has skin and organs and is very well preserved. The museum has an excellent wealth on information also on the history of Hunan Province. Hunan is the cradle of China has has history dating back to at least 1700 BC. We all feel now that our US history is so recent in comparison.

Afternoon was free time! Mia and Becca checked out the swimming pool on 9th floor. In China you must wear a swimming cap while in the pool. While the kids went swimming, Lois and I walked the streets of Changsha in search of a book store. I wanted to buy some children’s books written in both English and Chinese. We had a bit of a language barrier in the store at first but between our few words of Chinese, the clerks few words of English and a lot of had signals we were successful. Lois had fun visiting with a 10 year old boy who was studying English in school. I think this was a great opportunity for him to practice!

We spent the evening relaxing and reading our new books.

Goodnight from Changsha!


4 Responses to “Changsha – Day 9”

  1. Kathy and John Sutherland says:

    I am really enjoying following your journey. I get emotional right along with you. Ella just loved that swimming pool! She’s been a fish ever since. Your photos are great too. Thanks for letting us follow along. My thoughts and prayers are with you, hope your trip continues to go well. Everything’s the same in the US..nothing new to report…..there are still 50 States and all that stuff. Enjoy!

  2. Trina says:

    I must say – I got emotional when seeing the chalk board welcome to Mia! That was so nice!

  3. Beth says:

    Anita & Family~
    It has been such a treat to be able to follow your travels and see pictures of you in China! I feel like I am right there with you. It seems like you have been very busy and are able to see a lot of ancient/neat/different things and to experience so much. I think it is absolute wonderful what you do for your girls and for Mia to be connected to her culture and to know where she was born. Those girls have very special parents! The message on the chalk board had to have been very touching. I hope you continue to have safe travels and thanks again for including me in your travels to China. This blog is awesome!

  4. Edy says:

    Hope you are enjoying the trip, Tim! I just found out where I had written the blog address. I would have enjoyed the terra cotta warrior experience.