We met him around 10am and went in search of Colin's "finding place". We talked with him on the way to make sure that he was ok with us going there. He gave his consent and we all went together. Through the interpreter, Tom told him that we were very glad to be there to find him "a second time". This is the address that was in his file where he was found as a baby after being abandoned. Since it had been 14 years, many addresses had changed and the #36 no longer existed on that street.
George stopped and interviewed several locals about the neighborhood and they all concluded that the numbers of each building had been changed several years back. But, the street was only about 2-3 blocks long, so we knew that he was left somewhere in that vacinity. One older woman who was sitting in a small hotel office asked Colin if I was his Mother. He said yes. Then, she asked him if he could understand me and he shook his head no, with a smile and a shrug. George said that she was thanking us for giving him a family.
As we took a short walk around the neighborhood and headed back to the van, Tom spotted a nice fruit stand and we walked over and bought some pears for Tommy (his favorite!). We will enjoy those after dinner.
After we left that area of town, we headed over to the Imperial Palace. This is a significant piece of Shenyang (and China, for that matter) history.
|Tommy with our guide, George.|
|Angie & the boys in front of the 8 different imperial military uniforms denoting the eight various ranks of the royal guard.|
The last stop of the day was the park near the hotel with the statue of Chairman Mao.
Once we walked back to the hotel, George agreed to visit with us in the lobby lounge for awhile so that he could translate for us. We ahd a very nice chat about anything and everything including the fact that Colin plays the SAX! Can you believe it?
Well, that will be good night for now. (Or in your case, most likely, Good Morning!)