Jack's Little Mei Mei

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The City of Nanchang

Dad, you would like this city because many of its monuments and bridges are named "August 1st". August 1, 1932 was the day the Red Army began its long march to Peking, now called Beijing, to try to defeat the Kumongtong, which was the leading party at the time. The Kumongtong-not sure if I spelled it correctly-was fighting the Japanese who were invading the north of China at the time. Cindy our guide told me the Japanese occupation was one of the darkest moments in Modern Chinese History and many Chinese people are still VERY angry at the Japanese for the occupation. She said to this day the Japanese have never apologized to the Chinese for the murder of 300,000 people and the current Japanese history books do not teach their children the correct history about that period. Cindy will not buy Japanese products and she and her husband are both still very angry at the Japanese. You could hear it in her voice. I thought that was some interesting history. A great book to read is called Wild Swans and it is a biography that tells about 3 generations of women living in China beginning in the 1920 up until the Cultural Revolution in the 70's.

Today we went to The Tang Pavilion which was built during the Tang Dynasty in 620 AD. It is 1400 years old! Imagine that! It has been renovated 29 times. We saw a Tang style dancing and music show at the top of the tower. Jack really enjoyed it and Lily liked the music. We looked around the Pavilion and then ate lunch at a restaurant near by-Chinese of course. It was delicious and quite spicy even for me! The spice in China Chinese food hits you after a few minutes. Above are some of the items we ate. The lotus roots and seeds were delicious. Not joking. We also had sticky sweet rice for dessert and it was really tasty. Sort of like rice pudding, but Chinese style. Jack ate a lot of the food and really liked it. We were surprised.

Now for little Lily Lu. This baby is so adorable. She is really starting to trust us and is just so sweet, calm and really smart. I can say that can't I? We had her checked out yesterday by a doctor who our group hired to come to the hotel to look all the babies. it was 80 yuen for the check up which is about 10 dollars. Lily does not have an ear infection. He said her ears were clear, but very dirty. He also said her chest sounded good and the fever could have been from teething or possibly some of the stress she has had to endure. He did mention that she had large ears which means she will have a long life. Her fever has not returned in a day or so and she does rub her ears before she goes to sleep so I think that is just something she does when tired. She is laughing so much more and is starting to like Tim. She let him hold her for about 20 minutes this morning without crying while I took a shower. She also let him carry her in the front pack for a while. Day by day all the babies are getting more comfortable with their new families. I really think they took good care of these babies. The families in our group are so nice and everyone is really helping each other out.

Tonight we have to do some paperwork for Guangzhou which is the next city we go to. In Guangzhou we do the American portion of the adoption.

Tomorrow we will go to the countryside to see how they live!


  • Big brother and little sister are a perfect match. Both are adorable.

    Loved to hear that you had a playdate with Lily Grace.

    Your pictures are fabulous. Thanks for sharing!

    By Blogger Jeff and Valerie, at 5:38 AM  

  • What a beautiful smile Lily Lu! And Tim you look like a very proud papa with Lily in the front pack. It is nice to see photos of the Watson family complete!

    Love, The Bergmans

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:24 AM  

  • We're really enjoying this daily update- Jim and I sit here in front of the blog with our coffee/tea every morning- I think you should keep this up on a weekly basis when you get back! What a difference in Lily's face in Tuesdays pix - its opening up just like a lily! Susan & Jim

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:54 AM  

  • I am having such a blast reading your updates. I enjoy seeing pictures of Jack on all his adventures! What a fabulous time it must be for him. I love the pics of Jack and Lily together too. See, Lily, I told you Tim is mostly harmless. I bet if youplay your cards right you will be able to wrap him around your little finger and get anything you want!

    I have been reading this with my class. They have loved learning about China through your eyes. They were very upset to hear about Jack's wallet. They were also very interested in the foot binding shoes. I have just read a book about the process and they are really interested and disturbed...
    Keep the pictures and notes coming!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:47 AM  

  • I love reading your updates! I'm glad everything is going so well and Luly Lu is beautiful. Congratulations!

    By Blogger Emilie, at 1:14 PM  

  • Tim. Lisa, Jack and Lily what a complete family you are now. What a beautiful smile Lily Lu has. See you, Tim, with both my grandchildren almost overwhelmed me. I love you all soooo much. Your adventure is amazing, and I check it out first thing in the morning, and then again after my coffee and days events. Keep it up, the book will be great.

    By Blogger Grammie, at 1:15 PM  

  • Sorry...meant to type LILY Lu of course.

    By Blogger Emilie, at 1:15 PM  

  • Tim. Lisa, Jack and Lily what a complete family you are now. What a beautiful smile Lily Lu has. See you, Tim, with both my grandchildren almost overwhelmed me. I love you all soooo much. Your adventure is amazing, and I check it out first thing in the morning, and then again after my coffee and days events. Keep it up, the book will be great.

    By Blogger Grammie, at 1:15 PM  

  • thanks for calling - the pics are adorable - Lily is so happy now that she has such a great family to love and care for her.
    Lots of bd's Sat.- Ben, Barb, Peg -wish you were moved here already. love you love you love you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:23 PM  

  • I am also looking at Lily Grace's blog too. She is just darling too.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:26 PM  

  • Tim and Lisa,
    We are so thrilled with this whole
    wonderful experience! We can't wait to to see all of you in Colorado and get our hands on Lily! We will need to celebrate the arrival of Lily and Jeff and Lara's wedding at the same time. WOW what a celebration we can have.
    I can only imagine your emotions since I am full of emotion just following your blog. Love you guys and can't wait for you to get to Colorado!

    Uncle Bill

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:49 PM  

  • Interesting that your guide (and countless others, no doubt) hates the Japanese. I wonder if she realizes how much of their history has not been taught to them and the number of people who consider them enemies and ruthless. I know our guide was clueless about many things, and he had a college education!
    Anyway, looks like pat-a-cake is a favorite and brings smiles to her sweet face--loved the teeth!
    Yea! Tim has won her over--I knew you would, but of course it took all of us girls in the family awhile to be convinced that you weren't the big bad wolf--JK! :>)
    Sure seems like there is a copious amount of paper work, meetings, and so on to get this thing done right. I bet it wears you out, along with all the sight seeing and so on. By the way, have you seen the special traffic lights just for bicycles where there's a picture of a bicycle within the light?
    Who is Lily Grace?
    Time to close and eat.
    God speed!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:15 PM  

  • Wow, that smile is great. The picture of Jack and Lily is priceless. I'm so glad you guys are getting out and about for your daily adventures. Sleep is a beautiful thing, isn't it? Way to go Lily sleeping through the night!

    Like everyone else, I really look forward to your updates. Thanks.

    Mary :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:20 PM  

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