We arrived in Kunming around 2:30 pm today. Landing in Kunming we were struck by how huge and spread out the city was. I underestimated this whole "china is huge" thing. Seriously, it was just huge tall building after huge tall building for miles. I later learned that Kunming has a population of 7 million. That is 3x the size of Chicago, twice the size of LA, & just shy of NYC population. Everyone asks us where Emma is from and when we tell them Kunming, they usually say they have never heard of Kunming & I think they then assume its a small town in China. Well, I am here to tell you it is not!
This picture doesn't even due it justice but you get the idea
Back to our travel story....when we finally found our guide outside of customs, he told us that we will meet Emma tomorrow morning at 9 am at the Civil Affairs office. We will also be completing all of the paperwork at the Civil Affairs office at the same time. So much for bonding time. Usually this is two different days but they are combining them into one day (one hour really) so he warned us it will be crazy. He also warned us that the baby will cry a lot but that the crying should stop after a few days. Lovely, thanks for the heads up. We were aware of this btw but good to know she will be crying while we sign all of this paperwork, give 3-4 gifts to the Civil Affiars workers (customary), & meet Emma all at the same time.
After we understood our itinerary, we discussed the plan for the reaminder of the day. Let me start off by saying that shopping at Walmart on a Sunday afternoon is crazy. I never do it. If I have to go to Walmart I go during the week (but if we are being honest I would prefer to go to Target or Whole Foods). That said, I knew we had to do it today to get a few things- Chinese Formula, a stroller, and some snacks for the room. I told our guide that we didn't mind going on our own but he insisted on taking us...boy was I glad he did. Not only was it way more packed then any Walmart I have ever seen (think black friday morning Walmart) but we also learned that in China you buy your commodities in each location (i.e. pharmacy is bought in the pharmacy section, formula in the formula section, etc). To top it off, there are commission sales clerks all of the place yelling & it probably would have pushed me over the edge if he wasn't there!
So we are at the hotel now.... well stocked with food, formula, a crib, stroller, etc. Our room has a separate sitting area suite so that is nice. We are planning to get a good night sleep tonight and we will post again when we have her in our arms!!