Hohhot City Children’s Welfare Institute

 Address: Zhao Wu Da Road, Jin Qiao Development District, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia    
    Postal Code: 010000      Telephone No: 471-560-7729、471-560-7730

Day 1:

Our guide will pick you up upon arrival in the Hohhot and meet the guide for transfer to your hotel. Enjoy free time the rest of the day.

Day 2:

Breakfast. Then drive to Hohhot orphanage and meet with people related to your child's adoption. If you desire, host a lunch or dinner for the orphanage director and staff. Explore the local area with your guide. If needed, locate and visit the place where your child was found or visit your child's former foster family (if applicable and pending special permission).Our guide will escort you back to your hotel.    

Day 3:

Breakfast. Today you will have a full day Hohhot city sightseeing, visit some of the major scenic spots like Dazhao Temple, Zhaojun Tomb, Inner Mongolia Museum, etc.

Day 4:

After the breakfast, our guide will transfer you to Hohhot airport/railway station.

Prior to your orphanage visit application submission, please make sure you have the following documents ready:

A copy of each visitor's passports

A copy of the adoption certificate or the notarized adoption documents

An orphanage visit application letter

We all know that it is important to return to China. Apart from visiting the orphanage, children may focus more on traveling itself. Therefore, if adoptive families want to explore more tourist cities in China, please feel free to tell us. And we will customize a heritage tour of lifetime for you.


Hohhot City (Hu He Hao Te) Children’s Welfare Institute:

Address: Zhao Wu Da Road, Jin Qiao Development District, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia

Location:The orphanage is located in Hohhot city of Hohhot, the capital of the province of Inner Mongolia (Inner Mongolia).

Information about Hohhot:The city of Hohhot, sometimes spelled Huhehot or Huhhot, is the capital of Inner Mongolia since 1952.
Your name in Mongolian means "Blue City". The color blue in Mongolian culture is associated with the sky , eternity and purity.
The town was originally an oasis in the desert of Mongolia which developed as a city during the Ming dynasty.
It has a population of 2,580,000 inhabitants ( 11% of Mongolian ethnic group ) and an area of 6,200 square km.
The climate is semi - arid with cold winter , hot summer , and strong winds especially in spring .

General Information:The home to over 200 children.
Some of the children living in the orphanage and other foster families in the city.
A high percentage of children with special needs.
Children can go to public school.
Around 2008 a new orphanage was built.
Half The Sky has several aid projects in this orphanage since November 2009.
Love Without Boundaries has assisted in this orphanage.

Director of the orphanage:Mr. Zhang Fei. He is the Director since 1999

Surnames of children :Wang, Qian
There’re many hotels in Hohhot.

Scenic Spots:Dazhao Temple - Dazhao Temple is in the old city of Hohhot. This is the earliest temple in Hohhot with a history of over 400 years. The temple is entirely patterned after Chinese temples except for the main hall, which is patterned after a Tibetan Lama temple. In the middle of the Buddha hall sits a silver Buddha statute, which provides Dazhao Temple with its alternative name of Silver Buddha Temple.
Gegentala Grassland - Gegentala Grassland is 145 kilometers (90miles) from Hohhot. Gegentala Grassland means summer camp or a resort from the heat in Mongolian. The travel resort is near where princes used to live. The Hohhot-Xilinhaote provincial special line reaches Gegentala directly in 3.5 hours. Tourists can enjoy the beautiful scenery of grassland, the hospitality of herdsmen and the experience of camel riding, horse racing, archery, wrestling, etc. As a 4A class tourism spot, Gegentala Grassland tourism center has been well developed with accommodation gers, restaurants and entertainment centers.
Xilamuren Grassland - Xilamuren Grassland is a typical altiplano prairie, with exuberant grass and vigorous wildflowers in summer and autumn. Situated 100 kilometers (62miles) from Hohhot, the grassland is also known as Zhaohe because of its Lama Temple-Puhui Temple. Behind Puhui Temple flows Xilamuren River, yellow river in Mongolian. Tourists can go across the bridge to Abinlebao Hill to admire the boundless prairie.


Revisiting the orphanage is the important aspect of your homeland heritage trip, what do we need to prepare for this part? Here are some tips for your reference:

Depending on the size of the SWI and how often visitors return, a visit could can be a highly anticipated event by the staff, or a routine, minor inconvenience to the day to day running of the institution.

You will want to discuss this aspect of reality with your child and prepare her or him for what it might be like, based on what you know. It is good to talk to your child about what to expect and then what to do if things turn out differently than you expect. It is important to develop an attitude of flexibility and focus on enjoying the experience rather than to get set on things going a certain way, since things don’t always go exactly as planned on any trip or daily life experience. A small gift is always appropriate for the effort expended by the director and or staff to accommodate the visiting family.

Since it may be several years after an adoption, it’s not unusual that the orphanage moved to a new place. Remember it’s normal, natural, time will not stand still, just as your children changed dramatically from she/he was a baby when just there.

If you are interested in visit both of the orphanages, we are happy to facilitate it, you can follow the previous footprint to recall your excitement when you look at your children at first time.

We usually arrange visiting the finding site for families if have the Notarial Certificate of the finding place. The finding site usually is at the front of hospital/orphanage/government agencies, etc. Please note that there places may be changed also.

Since visiting the finding site is the most emotional part of the trip, it’s a personal decision for each family and only you can make the decision if you want to accomplish it.

We always arrange the meeting with the previous caregiver/ foster family. If you have the information of the previous caregiver, we will try our best to find her. Please do remember that it’ll be some years after your adoption, the caregiver may be moved away or be retired. If the caregiver is still working in the orphanage, the director will happy to facilitate the connection.

Also please note that the caregiver may take care of more than one hundred babies in the orphanage, so that she may not remember your child well.

If your family is interested or inclined to invite the orphanage director to lunch, it is proper to invite others in the meeting as well. This would usually be one or two of the directors' assistants. If you want to invite the caregiver or nanny, then you should extend that invitation through the director to show the proper respect that the position merits. Your guide will handle this for you, but inviting the staff through the director follows proper etiquette for the situation. Some of the orphanages offer the free lunch while the others request about USD90-USD150 for the extra charge. You may ask our trip consultant before you travel.

When visiting an orphanage, it is appropriate to prepare some gifts for the director/staff and the children. You can invite the director, the staff or the caregiver to have lunch together or prepare fruit basket for them, for their effort expended to accommodate the visiting family.

As for the gifts to kids, you can prepare some snacks, candy, books, school backpacks, toys and so on. Usually, you can buy them when arrival at the orphanage place, the guide can escort you.

If you want to donate something more valuable and not sure what is needed for the orphanage, you can first learn it from the director and then purchase them from the local market. Some SWI will issue a donation certificate to you but not every SWI will do this.

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  • Visit the orphanage, foster family and finding site
  • Learn about birth country culture
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