The trip from Kaili to Weng’An took approximately 2.5 hours. Weng’An is part of the Qiannan Buyi and Miao prefecture, and has a population of just 400,000 which is of course quite small for China. This mountainous region is the source of the Wuyang River, which has carved out beautiful canyons throughout Eastern Guizhou. Farmers here grow corn and rice, and the industry of the town is coal and phosphate mining. We were told that all of the children in the orphanage are “true orphans,” meaning their parents had died. In fact, just days before our arrival a coal mine had flooded, trapping 41 miners underground. Two sisters had come into the orphanage just weeks before, when their parents had passed away. Read more.