From Shiwei's host family:
Early this month, I went back to China for about 2 weeks for some personal reason. During that time, I visited Shiwei at his home. I was SO glad to see him and Xiao Fang back in their home. Xiao Fang was very excited and thankful, but Shiwei did not react as I expected, he was doing fine, but was not as playful as when he was here. Maybe our visit was too sudden and time was too short that he was in a sort of surprise.
They live with extended families in a very rural but actually very pretty area. The extended families seem to be very close to each other, which I believe makes life a bit easier for Xiang Fang. Shiwei's older sister is a sweet and lovely girl. His grandfather is in good shape and very happy to see us. Shiwei's father is working in Chongqing and I met him in Chongqing the day after, a very nice guy.
It was a very interesting trip, thank to my dear friend in Beijing, without her, it was impossible for me to find the village and their home. It is over 3 hours drive from Chongqing. The first 2 hours is on highway, which is in pretty good conditions, the last hour and half is tough, the road is paved, but not divided, also winding and very narrow, many sharp turns and steep slops, most of all, there is no mark for anything. Had the official staying in the village not been with us, we would definitely miss the turn to their home.
I wish I could stay with them longer and play with Shiwei and his sister more. Maybe next time.