Thankfully at this point Miss Dragonfly was doing pretty well. She seems to be feeling better today (YAY!!!). So B agreed to watch her while I and a travel mate set off to see if we could reach Shamin Island via the subway. It was actually quite easy. The Guangzhou subway system is well laid out and there are English signs everywhere. The hardest part was finding the island once you got off the subway. For future travelers, you exit through Exit D. You will come up inside a small mall. Turn right out of the entrance from the subway and walk across a large outdoor plaza. You will see a pedestrian bridge across the road. Take it. as you come down off that bridge, you will see the island and a bridge to it on your right. We had no problems traveling either way and it was relatively quick. $1 round trip per person. :)
Once on the island we got busy shopping!! I had a whole list of things I wanted starting with chops. Took some doing but I finally got the sales woman at Master Wongs to give me a decent price on a double set of chops I wanted for Lil' Bug and a single one for Dragonfly. I really dislike that shop so bought nothing else there. I then headed down the street to A Gift From China, a wonderful little shop which sells a lot of hand made items from women's work projects. Prices are a bit more expensive but the items are unique and lovely. Plus it all goes for a good cause! From there we hit Jenny's, another great little store I've visited each adoption trip. I find her prices fair and little bargaining is needed. Here I got one of my weaknesses... squeaky shoes! See end of post for more details on that! :) I came a way with a lot less money but some lovely items of the kids to have over the next few years.
I returned from shopping in time for the individual and group pictures on the stairs. Miss Dragonfly didn't want to look at the camera and did NOT want to smile. So this is what we got.