Our Trips To China

We have so far made four trips to China. Our first trip to Asia was to adopt Yanmei in February 2000 followed by our second trip in October 2002 to adopt Daji. We have been back twice since then, first in April 2006 to visit Yanmei's SWI in Jinchang, Gansu and then again in October 2007 to visit Daji's SWI in Yiwu, Zhejiang.

The two adoption trips tell two very different stories of adopting two children who reacted completely differently and our concerns during the first days with Daji.

The two trips tell of the many fantastic sights and cities that can be found in China where we have spent time in such varied places as Beijing, Xian, Lanzhou, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Yangshou, Guilin, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Wuwei, Yiwu and Jinchang.

Daji's trips:

Collecting Daji

"Gotcha Day" for Daji was on October 28th, 2002 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang. Yanmei, Lene and Steven travelled with three other families starting in Beijing where we visited the Great Wall, travelling on to Hangzhou, famous for its West Lake, and returning to Beijing to complete formalities and visiting the Summer Palace.

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Visiting Daji's SWI

In October 2007 we returned to China for our fourth trip, that included a trip to Yiwu to visit Daji's SWI where he spent almost 36 months. 

We started in Shanghai and it's famous Bund, visited Suzhou with its gardens, Hangzhou with the West Lake, Yiwu and Daji's SWI, flew to Yangshou and spent four days cycling in the Chinese countryside, Guilin and finishing in Hong Kong

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Yanmei's trips:

Collecting Yanmei

We saw Yanmei for the first time on February 28th, 2000. Thomas, Lene and Steven travelled with two days notice to Beijing, and flew to Lanzhou to collect Yanmei, before spending a couple more days in Beijing before returning to Copenhagen.

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Visiting Yanmei's SWI

In April 2006 we took our 3rd trip to China in order to visit the Jinchang SWI in Gansu province - the home of Yanmei during the first 30 months of her life.

We visited Beijing seeing amongst other sights, the Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall, Beihai Park and the Fobidden City, before travelling to Xian to see the Terracotta Soilders, returning to Lanzhou, where we'd collected Yanmei six years earlier, travelling to Jinchang for a fantastic visit to the SWI, and returning, via Wuwei, to Beijing.

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