[Note: Internet access has been spotty for the last few days in Guilin, so this post is a little late. We are now in Guangzhou, so hopefully we will get caught up here soon.]
The adoption process is set up so that adoptive parents have their child for one night and then the next day take the oath, just so parents can be sure they want to go ahead with such a major decision. The morning of January 20th was our time to visit the Civil Affairs office to take the oath that we accept Yuan-Yuan as our daughter and we will love her forever and then get the papers notarized.
This is the first office we went to. David, our guide, is nearest to the official, and he translated everything for us. [Papa got all of this on video, too] In general, he has been an amazing guide.
After the Civil Affairs office, we went to the notary office.
After taking care of business, we went to lunch, and hung out at the hotel bonding. There is a huge park where the hotel is, and we took a stroll through some of it.