Since we got news of our referral we have been scouring the 'net' for any info on Guizhou or the Qiandongnan SWI. It seems that there is very little information out there but so far this is what I have learned from the small Guizhou Yahoo adopters group and the internet.
Guizhou is one of the poorest provinces in all of China and is the province with the most minority groups. The capital city is called Guiyang and this is probably where we will travel to. People who adopted from that SWI said that the foster parents and director (Mr. Chen) brought the children into Guiyang (to the hotel) for the gottcha moment. I have found no one who has been to the SWI as it is a 3-4 hour car ride to the town of Kaili. It appears that most of the children are in the foster care system there. The children from Guizhou are generally very healthy and are most often from the Miao or Dong minorities. Both minorities are very creative people and have a very strong culture and tradition.
The city of Guiyang looks like a small but modern city with chain hotels, Walmart, KFC, Pizza Hut, you name it but it is the surrounding area that interests me most. The Dong people built many bridges known as wind & rain bridges that are quite interesting and there are beautiful waterfalls and pristine mountains.
You can click here for the incredible pictures of Qiandongnan. Here are some random pictures of the area and the people.