About Gansu

Gansu is a northwest province in China, which lies between the Tibetan and Huangtu plateaus and borders Inner Mongolia to the north, Ningxia to the northwest, Shaanxi to the east, Xinjiang and Qinghai to the west, Sichuan to the south. The Yellow River passes through Lanzhou (provincial capital city) and other southern part of the province.

Gansu has a population of over 26 million in its 455000 square km area, with a large concentration of Hui people and Tibetan. Part of the Gobi Desert is located in Gansu, as well as small parts of the Badain Jaran Desert and Tengger Desert. Meanwhile, the Yellow River also flows straight through Lanzhou. Area around Wuwei is part of Shiyang River Basin.

The landscape in Gansu is flat in the north, while very mountainous in the south. The Qilian Mountains are just located in the south area with the highest peak in a height of 5,547 meters. It is located at latitude 39°N and longitude 99°E.

Stretching some 1,000 kilometers from Lanzhou to the Yumenguan Pass, the famous Hexi Corridor is situated within Gansu province. It is bound from north by the Gobi Desert and Qilian Mountains from the south.

Collection of Gansu Orphanages

Based in China, Lead to China works closely with Chinese Government and Social Welfare Institutes throughout China. This section contains detailed information like each orphanage address, photos, travel stories, visit arrangement, and travel tips.

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15 Days Gansu Children Reunion Heritage Tour

Destinations: Guangzhou, Guilin, Chengdu, LanZhou, Xian, Beijing

  • We can arrange the visiting to all the orphanages in Gansu Province
  • Famous places like Great Wall/ Giant Panda/ Terracotta Amy are all covered
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  • No forced shopping activities
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Spring Schedule: Mar 16th, Apr 06th
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Winter Schedule: Dec 20th

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Tips for a China Orphanage Visit

When you plan to have a China return trip, you'd better prepare a gift for other children in the orphanage. You can ask our travel consultant about the details and buy some gifts several days before your trip or you can buy that after your arrival in China if you're inconvenient for the excessive baggage. The guide from LeadtoChina will give you proper suggestions and help you to buy these. If you're confused about what items the SWI need, here are some good examples: snacks, or a basket of fruit, backpack, books or other school supplies. You are also suggested to buy fans and air conditioning in summer in some poor SWI. Most of the SWI will give you a present in return for memory.

Many families care about the donation, and if you want to do this, we suggest you to exchange the donated money for RMB and show this to the director of the SWI. Some SWI will issue a donation certificate to you but not every SWI will do this.

According to the size of the SWI and the frequency of the families' return, the visit can be the most important thing for the staff or a small part of the orphanage's routine work. You can talk to your child about the actual situation you've known to let them make enough preparations. You'd better tell them what will happen and what to do if things are not the same as they expected. They should keep a flexible attitude towards life and enjoy the process instead of following a certain model to start as things are not exactly what we think and this is very important. One more important point which is often ignored is that most of the orphanage children always have various special needs. It is better to consider this before visiting and your child should know that some children in the SWI have physical or mental disability. All these can provide a better atmosphere for the children with special needs in the orphanage during your return visit.

If you'd love to invite the orphanage director to lunch, please don't forget other people in the SWI as they are usually the director's assistants. If you want to invite the caregiver or nanny, you'd better extend the invitation through the director to request the consent out of courtesy. Our guide can help you to do this and convey your invitation accurately and politely. What's more, some of the orphanages will offer you free lunch but many SWI will charge you for about 100 USD as lunch fee. You can inquire about this through your trip consultant before travelling.

At last, some Chinese individuals act turgidly in front of you for not losing face. But most people follow traditional Chinese values, modesty and gentleness. Bearing this in mind can help you deal with problems in different situations successfully during your return visit.