Sunday, July 11, 2010

A bit about Guang'an, Sichuan

Chinese Name: 广安市 (guǎng ān shì)

Population: 4,530,000

Area: 6,344 square kilometers (2,449 square miles)

Nationalities: Han

Location: Guang'an City lies in the east of Sichuan Province, northwest of neighboring Chongqing. Other nearby cities include: Nanchong, Suining and Dazhou.

History: In the 11th century BC, the Ba Tribe moved to eastern Sichuan and established the Ba Kingdom; its capital was situated in present-day Chongqing, with Guang'an falling under its jurisdiction. During the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC), Guang'an became part of the united China and ethnic groups from the central plains moved and settled into the area.

Physical Features: Guang'an is situated on a giant incline which slopes from east to west. The Huaying Mountain divides Guang'an into two regions: the eastern gorge area and western hilly area. Two main rivers, the Qujiang and Jialing, flow from north to south through central and western Guang'an.

Climate: The city is subject to a subtropical monsoon climate; weather is generally humid with warm winters and hot summers. It rarely rains during winter or spring, although heavy precipitation is common in the summer months. The average annual temperature is around 15.8℃-17.7℃ (60.4℉-63.9℉).

When to Go: Guang'an is suitable for visits throughout the year, however it worth noting that special temple fairs are held on the nineteenth day of the third, sixth and ninth lunar months. The temple fair of the sixth lunar month in Huaying Mountain represents the largest of these events. Those interested in the local folk-customs are recommended to come to Guang'an during this period.

Special Local Products: painted bamboo scrolls, navel oranges, pomelos, Huangjin (Gold) pears, litsea cubeba oil, beef, Yongshou Temple dried bean curd and herb and fungus products from the Huaying Mountain

Renowned for its beautiful landscapes, northeastern Sichuan's Huaying Mountain has been a Buddhist shrine site since the Tang Dynasty, and is sometimes referred to as 'Little Mt. Emei'. Visitors are rewarded with views of bamboo forests, clouds, snowy scenes and - providing you arrive early enough - an awe-inspiring sunrise.

The famous Stone Forest is located towards the southwest of the Gaodeng Mountain, Huaying's highest peak. Remnants of the ancient Gaodeng Temple can still be found near the forest.

Should you decide to venture up the Qujiang River from Guang'an Garden, you will no doubt be charmed by the fascinating riverside scenery. A highlight of the journey is passing through the Old Town of Xiaoxi, which contains an ancient-style dock, characteristic of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.

Other Scenic Spots: the Former Residence of Deng Xiaoping, Jincheng Mountain

Travel Tips:
Guang'an does not have airport, yet the local expressways provide convenient access to such facilities outside of the city. Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport or Nanchong Airport can be reached in around one hour and half an hour respectively.

There is very little information about this city or about the SWI that Zoe is in. I have found no pictures of the building. I am really hoping that we will be able to go and visit the city and the orphanage, so we can see where she has been.

We also have a lot of questions regarding her biography. Some of the names don't really make sense from what I can find online. Zoe was abandoned when she was five months old in a chicken market, but according to her paperwork, that was in Shanghai and she was shuffled from police station to police station. And finally... to this very remote and small orphanage that we know nothing about. We pray that she is in good hands and well taken care of. That her needs are being met and that she will be emotionally and physically healthy. With Lilah, we knew so much. We knew she was being taken care of and loved. It is harder not knowing how Zoe is doing and how she is being cared for. It is very much in God's hands...


Marie said...

It is difficult not knowing many details. . .we know very little about Malia's history. You have many people praying the same prayer for Zoe. I pray God will bless you with peace and an assurance that Zoe is in good hands.

Kennedy and Jaida's mom said...

Praying for your sweet little Zoe and for peace of mind for you all. Looking forward to following your journey!

Colin and Jill Canada said...

I can't even imagine how hard not knowing must be. I know I read every single article on google about Lilah's town and swi.

That being said, you have seen some recent pictures and she really does look very healthy.

God is so in control. He knows her, He even know the number of hairs on her head. Isn't that amazing? It brings tears to my eyes, knowing that He has a guardian angel watching over her at this very moment.

I pray He strengthens your heart until you travel for this precious little one.