These folks followed us around for a lot of the stroll. We must have looked like space aliens to them. They were all so pleasant and interested in why we were there. Shirley was a big help in communicating with them.
I took several shots of this woman...her face has such character.
Sophie enjoyed the stroll through the village too...
It was a priceless visit that I will remember for a long time. And I think EJ has a whole new appreciation and thankfulness for the life that she has.
On the way back to the hotel, we stopped at a porcelain shop. In addition to being known for its agriculture, the Jiangxi province is known for its porcelain. We bought a small tea set and some porcelain chopsticks, and EJ picked out some jewelry.
We got back to the hotel around 1 and had some free time. Sophie napped for a while, and a few of us headed to the shopping district. K and EJ stayed with Sophie and then strolled her around the block a little later. I bought some adorable shoes for Sophie (about $2.25) and a cute outfit for EJ for about $10.
Speaking of outfits, the tailor (or is it -er?) delivered the custom dresses we had ordered. Aren't they beautiful? EJ tried hers on and looked like a princess.
Sophie modeled the hat that I ordered with her dress. They made it a little big so she can grow into it.
That's it for tonight. Tomorrow morning, we pack up again. K has about 90 minutes of paperwork to do for our trip to the American Consulate's office in Guangzhou. We have to have our bags packed and ready to go by 2. We leave the hotel at 3 to go to the airport. Our flight to Guangzhou is around 5:00 and shouldn't take more than 1:15. You probably won't hear from me again until Saturday. This weekend is free time, so we plan to do a lot of shopping in Guangzhou...