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Mei Lin at 4 months!
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We are thrilled to announce that we found our newest daughter! 

She will be a year old this January ('07) and is in Kunming, Yunnan province in China

Yunnan Province in China (where Mei Lin is)
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 Below are some photos of her orphanage....

  

 


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Orphanage

Mei Lin’s orphanage is said to be very clean and well managed.  There are currently about 140 children taken care of in the orphanage and about 450 in foster care (around 600 children total).  It’s hard for us to know for sure if she is in the orphanage or in foster care since they aren’t always forthcoming with this information, but most children do spend some time in foster care before adoption.

 

There are four foster care villages about an hour from the orphanage where families take care of the children in their own little community.  We’ve received some wonderful photos of the area (An Ning). 

 

Yunnan Province and City of Kunming

Yunnan means "south of the clouds"  (Mei Lin's Chinese name happens to mean "rosy clouds" so they must have something with clouds there).  The province is in the southwest corner of China bordered by Burma, Laos, and Vietnam. 

 

Kunming is the capital city of Yunnan with approximately 3 million people.  The city is situated on a 6,500 foot plateau.  Due to its mild climate and beautiful scenery and history, Kunming is a well known tourist spot for all of China and is known as "Spring City".

 

There are over two dozen minority groups in the Yunnan province which makes for a variety of interesting cultures and customs.  Because they are a minority, they are allowed more than one child .  Each of these groups continue to carry on their traditions and wear distinct clothing and headwear. 

Grandview Park in Kunming
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At the Stone Forest near Kunming

Pictures of some of the minority people
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