Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Where's JD?

Currently JD is in foster care in Henan province. The name of the province Henan comes from its geographic location. Henan means 'the south of the river', indicating that Henan lies south of China's Yellow River. The province covers an area of over 160,000 square kilometers (about 62,000 square miles). It is populated by Han, Hui, Manchu, Mongolian and other ethnic groups totaling 92,560,000 people.

Henan has a humid warm-temperate climate. Dry and windy in winter and spring, the province is hot and rainy in summer and bakes in strong sunlight during the autumn months. Rainfall averages about 600-1000 millimeters increasing from north to south, as does the annual temperature which increases from about 12.8C in the north to 15.5C in the south.

When we travel we will go to Zhenzhou, the capital city. I have 2 maps to show China and one that is the closeup of Henan province. With a pleasant climate, Zhengzhou is welcoming all year round. The hottest month is July and the average temperature is about 27C (80.6F) while the coldest month is January with an average temperature of -0.2C (31.64F). Autumn and spring are the best and the peak tourist seasons.
Sounds like our poor little guy will NOT be accustomed to colder weather so our winters will be long for him (well, it's long for all us Minnesotans!!).
He is in foster care right now and although I love that knowing he's being cared for in a family setting and has been given love it also makes me sad as we will be taking him from his only family he has. Having Jake with will hopefully help him and make him know how much he's loved.

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