Yangchun Marketplace and Orphanage

Marketplace #1
Marketplace #1
Marketplace #2
Marketplace #2
Marketplace #3
Marketplace #3
Marketplace #4
Marketplace #4
Marketplace #5
Marketplace #5
Marketplace #6
Marketplace #6
Orphanage Building #1
Orphanage Building #1
Orphanage Building #2
Orphanage Building #2



Betsy Egan took these photos of the Yangchun marketplace and of the orphanage building in October, 1997.

Many local farmers bring their produce to sell in the marketplace, and some of our babies been found here.

Bailee Egan was found at the marketplace, where local farmers come to sell their produce. Not only is produce sold there, also fresh meat, eggs, there were fish tanks full of live fish, dried fish, etc.. basically anything edible.

The market is located on the western side of Yangchun. If you drive to Yangchun over the very bumpy non-existant road (from Zhoaqing) you'll drive right by it. The Golden Roc Hotel is located on the same road, further down (probably about 1.5-2 miles).

Detail of Yangchun City map

The Welfare Institute is located only about 5 minutes from the Golden Roc. It is located inside a compound, and consists of two buildings, that are generally referred to by adoptive parents as the 'old orphanage' and the 'new orphanage'.

Prior to 1998, the babies were housed on one half of the third floor of the old orphanage. After the new building was completed in January 1998, the babies were moved to the new orphanage building, which is located right behind the old building.

Jim Weaver was able to visit the old orphanage while adopting his daughter in 1997. He said that only children over around 6 mos. of age lived in the third floor room, the younger infants lived in a different building. When Betsy Egan visited in October, 1997, she heard babies crying in the building pictured here, and she thinks the infants probably lived in this building. (Since January 1998, all children to about age 2 live in the new orphanage. It is our understanding that after age 2, they are moved to a foster home.)

The orphanage is located on a dead end street, the road stops at the gate. The building on this page is the front building, you drive through it into the courtyard. Once in the courtyard is the "park" featured in the photos from Mrs. Yu 1997. Standing in the courtyard facing the new ophanage, to the left is a fish rearing pond, and on the right the park. There is a little bridge crossing the fish pond with a gazebo. Right behind the park is the old building and directly behind that the new building. Behind the new building is another open park-like area.

As you drive up to the front gate, there are chickens in the yard next door, and on the other side of the fish pond Betsy heard pigs squealing when she visited. It was a real hoot!

Copies of these photos are available from Betsy for a small fee to cover reprint and postage costs. Contact Betsy Egan directly for more information about this.
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