Here are pictures from our week in Guangzhou and our few hours in Hong Kong!
During the day on Monday, June 19th we we had a
visa photo appointment and medical exam for Nate
that took a good part of the day.
That evening I (Tiffany) took Jack, Brooklin, and Hannah
on the Pearl River Boat Tour-it was stunning.
Canton Tower is the second tallest building in China,
and the fourth tallest freestanding structure in the world. (Wikipedia)
Seeing the buildings and Canton Tower lit up at night was such
an awesome experience. This tour experience was set up through
our adoption agency and two local(in China) agents for the agency
took us. It was nice visiting with them and some of the other families
that were also adopting through CCAI. Adam and Nate hung out
at the hotel and went out for dinner. We were beginning to figure out
that he was very over stimulated when we went out anywhere,
and of course very emotional just due to being with complete strangers.
Tuesday, June 20th
For those of us who wanted, we could visit the pearl market in Guangzhou.
The girls and I decided to go with a few other families while Adam took
Nate and Jack to a local park. Unfortunately, we only got one photo at the pearl market.
Adam did much better at getting photos of the boys having fun.
We all arrived in Beijing within 24 hours of each other, after
touring all families went our separate ways to go to the province of the
child's orphanage, ours was Beijing so we got to stay.
Once you receive your child you must go to Guangzhou to go
through the consulate, so we all met back up and the agents took this photo.
Wednesday, June 21, 2018
Today was "THE DAY" at the US Consulate.
Our last big final step in China. and then the final appointment with the
US consulate to finalize our adoption of Nate.
Being that he is an older child, the government employees are required
to ask him a couple of questions. I can't even remember what they were,
but he answered them in the affirmative and impressed both of the
American's that were holding the proceedings with his English.
I am sad to say that we did not get a photo outside of the
consulate. But that is okay, we have TONS of paperwork
to remind us of all the milestones we hot in this journey.
Otherwise on June 21st:
Hotel living at its finest.
Some random photos taken during the day on the 21st.
Here are some random shots from June 21st as we walked to dinner.
Thursday, June 22
Our last full day in China.
Since we had to wait for his passport and visa to be able to leave China,
today was a "free day". We had a couple of options of tours-the Guangzhou Zoo or
the Safari Park. We opted to go to Shamian Island on our own instead. Good choice.
It was beautiful. The architecture is gorgeous. And with basically 99.9% humidity,
it is so lush with trees and greenery and flowers everywhere.
Most of the island has been closed off to vehicles and looks more like a park.
There are beautiful statues around, some souvenir shops, restaurants, hotels,
and some other businesses.
Friday, June 23rd
We had to wait until the passport/visa was delivered to the
hotel, around noon before we could head to Hong Kong. We had a few
options for transportation to Hong Kong and decided the easiest was to
hire a private van to take us directly to our hotel. The drive was so gorgeous.
We arrived late afternoon and checked in for our last evening before heading
home to the U.S.A.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nate and I stayed in the hotel and ordered room service and
I got us packed up and ready to travel.
My view out of the hotel window was breath-taking.
Adam connected with an old friend in Hong Kong and took Hannah,
Brooklin, and Jack to site-see.
One more sleep and then we get to head home!!!!
Stay tuned for one more post of out trip to China.