Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Panda Reserve

Today, we went to the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Park.

It didn't take us much time to go through it, but we saw Red Pandas and Giant Pandas, as well, as the black swans at Swan Lake.

The girls had fun running and climbing and feeding the fish. Zoe is getting more comfortable, and she will put up her arms when she wants to be carried and struggle when she wants to be put down, but she also doesn't always want to hold hands either! Most of the time she is in a carrier, and when she gets looked at or talked to by strangers, she seems to like the fact that she can hide

We are stared at by EVERYONE whenever we are out. We only see a couple of other white people per day and they are usually in the hotel, and they are not carrying chinese children. The staring gets exhausting. We have even had our photos taken. People seem to know that we have adopted these girls and if our guide is with us, they will ask questions. We have been asked a few times and when we have it, we pull out our handy dandy FOI card that reads "this is our adopted daughter". People seem very positive about it and even say how blessed and lucky these girls are.

Tomorrow, we are heading back to Beijing to meet up with the rest of the group. It will be so exciting to see them all with their new children. We have a great group and everyone seems to want to get to know each other and do things together. We will see how Zoe does on an airplane for two hours, in a seatbelt. Hopefully, she will be calm. She can get pretty active and busy, but she listens when you tell her no or shhhh. She has a pretty quiet voice anyway. It is Lilah that is not quite so quiet!


Monica said...

Looks like a beautiful day for the park. Zoe's smile is just priceless! Good luck on the airplane ride. Two hours sounds better than the ride home...

Shawna said...

Her eyes look so joyful!

Colin and Jill Canada said...

I have totally heard about that Chengdu Panda Park and I love love love that first photo! Awesome! It's obvious from the pics that Zoe is slowly coming out of her box.

Enjoy your celebrity status!! ;)


Canada to China and back! said...

It looks like such a wonderful park! I have read about several times. Sounds like Zoe is getting more and more comfortable :) We'll be praying for good flights!


Beth said...

Good luck with your first flight. I was going to say the same things about her eyes, she looks happy and calm. Can't wait to hear more. It will be fun to be with the group and see how everyone is doing.

The Drinkwaters said...

Looks like a marvelous day! We can absolutely relate to the continual stares EVERYwhere you go. Some of it is a little unnerving, but manageable. Where we are there are many fewer "happy" stares, but we still manage to see a few. There were many more "happy" stares when we first adopted Sylvie it seems. Look forward to meeting up with everyone in Beijing this evening! See you soon!

C & J & S & M