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Jeff Yeast
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Visiting a Buddhist temple and a local street market.
Yesterday morning we visited the Six Banyan Tree Buddhist temple. There are nine giant golden Buddhas scattered throughout the t emple grounds. We witnessed a prayer session led by the monks, and observed many people lighting incense and praying to the stat...

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Travel day and medical exams
Yesterday was a travel day. We waited around the hotel until noon when Missy came by and we headed to Mr. Lee, a local noodle place that we have visited once before, for our last meal in Jinan. On the way back we stopped by the river for a few last pictures...

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Baotu Spring park and the
Jinan is known as the "City of Springs" for its 72 "famous springs," of which most converge on Daming Lake. Wednesday we visited Baotu Spring , the most famous of all. The landscaping and architecture are quite beautiful and promotes a peaceful and serene e...

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A day at the lake, sort of.
Today was a free day, at least as far as official adoption events go. We met Missy in the lobby at 9:30 for a visit to Daming Lake , one of Jinan's main cultural points of interest. Unfortunately the weather was less than ideal; it was about 40 degrees and ...

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One door opens as another closes.
Today was a happy day. It was also hectic and heart-wrenching. Today was the day we would finalize Min Jing's adoption. We had to get up early, as we needed to meet Missy in the lobby at 8:30 to head to the Civil Affairs office - one of three different offi...

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Hello, my name is Jeff, but you can call me 爸爸
( Bàba, Papa, Father, Daddy, the Old Man, etc.)  Today was a day much like any other: you wake up in a foreign country, enjoy a breakfast of things you cannot pronounce, take a trip to the bank to exchange some money only to be accosted by several people tr...

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All Aboard the Bullet Train!
This was a travel day and as such, there's not too much of interest to relay. We left our hotel at 11am this morning and headed out on a one-hour trip to the train station. The station we were leaving from is in south Beijing. It was constructed for the 200...

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Today was our last full day in Beijing; tomorrow we take the Bullet Train to Jinan, where on Sunday we finally meet our daughter! After another breakfast of noodles, tofu, and steamed buns, we met Angela at 9am and started out on a 2-hour trip to visit The ...

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Beijing Day 1
Today was our first full day in Beijing, and boy was it full. We started out by waking up at 4:30am - the unfortunate consequence of moving forward 12 time zones. At 7 we headed down to the hotel restaurant for the breakfast buffet. Noodles, tofu in chili s...

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Made it to Beijing!
Well, we made it! A long flight for sure (14hrs), but no problems to speak of. We flew to Chicago early this morning and had an almost 6-hour layover before our flight to China. We got some breakfast, looked at the shops, and just sat around to pass the tim...
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