Tuesday, May 1, 2012


We leave tomorrow!  Our flight takes off at 2:00 p.m. PST and a mere 11 hours later we arrive in Beijing...4:00 p.m. Thursday, May 3rd.  Really quite a sweet travel deal...plus two families from my agency's group will be on our flight and a lady I met on-line who lives only 45 minutes away from us.  She was gracious enough to have us over for dinner last Friday even in the midst of some crazy planning so I know I like her.

I thought some of you would like to have an idea of what we are doing when.  China is 15 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time, but I'm going to make you do that math.  (Or as my husband insists, PST is -7 gmt and China is +8 gmt, making it a total of 15 hours difference.)

May 3, 2012 Arrive in Beijing. Stay at Chang’an Grand Hotel.
May 4, 2012 Orientation meeting at 10:00 a.m. 
       Acrobatic show in the afternoon. (We might skip the show to   
see the Summer Palace on our own...we'll see how we feel.)
May 5, 2012 Visit Great Wall, Cloisonne Factory & Bird’s Nest. 
May 6, 2012 Visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Hutong Tour. 

May 7, 2012 Fly (7:25-9:50) to Nanchang. 
Stay at Galactic International Hotel. 
Receive Sweet Pea around noon at the hotel. Adoption registration in the afternoon.
May 8, 2012  Free Day, Maybe Mt. Lushan or Orphanage
May 9, 2012  Visit Teng Wang Pavilion.
May 10, 2012 Visit Jiangxi Provincial Museum or People’s Park.
May 11, 2012 Receive all the documents. Fly to Guangzhou. 
                  China Hotel – Marriott pickup.
May 12, 2012 Medical exam for Sweet Pea in the morning.
May 13, 2012 Visit Guangzhou Folk Art Museum and Haixin Plaza.  (I don't know what these are...we might just go to the zoo.)
May 14, 2012 Visa appointment.
May 15, 2012 Pick up visa in the afternoon.
May 16, 2012 Depart Guangzhou @ 8:30 a.m.

It seems like a pretty tight and busy schedule.  Of course after we have Sweet Pea we may just end up sitting around the hotel and getting to know her.  Our agency's travel group has 10 other families traveling with us, but in Nanchang we will be the only family from our agency.  I am looking forward to getting to know them a little, but we also expect we'll enjoy being quiet as a family.  

Oh my goodness!  Tomorrow this time we will be over half way to Beijing!  We really thought this day would never come...


No Greater Love said...

It did come, though. :) It did. And today is it! I am soooooo excited for you, Nora. :) Happy Traveling! I'll be stalking for the next post. And pic's.

Bonnie, Jim and Ainsley said...

Happy and safe travels Nora!!! I look forward to following your journey in China. I am so excited for you :)

Andrea Dawn said...

Blessing you on your way to gather up your little Sweet Pea. Happy tears for you.

Anonymous said...

You do not know me, but I cannot wait to follow you since we did the same trip in 2009, even stayed at the same hotels ... although the White Swan was still open then so we stayed there in Guangzhou. Our story is at www.onourwaytofei.blogspot.com.

Blessings as you travel & meet your daughter!