Hello everyone and happy holidays! It is currently Christmas day in Shanghai and I thought I would sit down with a cup of Americano and finish part two of my week of travels in China. In my last post I described the adventures my friends and I had in Beijing. So I will start where I left off.
We landed in Chengdu, which is a city located in the Sichuan province. The main things to do near Chengdu are to visit the Panda sanctuary or visit the Giant Buddha in Leshan. Since neither my friends or I had any interest in Panda's 熊猫 Xióngmāo, except perhaps what they tasted like, we settled for the latter. The site of the Giant Budhha in Leshan, although very touristy, is quite interesting and a definite site to see if one is in Chengdu. The next day we visited a park in Chengdu and spent the day sipping tea at one of the parks many tea houses and watched the many activities that were taking place throughout the park. Such as Taji Sword, opera, various forms of dance; including hip-hop, calligraphy, Mahjong; a very popular game involving illustrated tiles, and of course karaoke. That night after a fantastic diner, Sichuan food is by far my favorite style of food in China, we were tired from the day's events but it was 万圣节 Wànshèngjié Halloween, so we decided to see what Halloween was like in Chengdu. Surprisingly Halloween was pretty well represented in Chengdu. The street we visited was decked out in Halloween decorations with screams and howls reverberating throughout and many interesting monsters and ghouls walked amongst the crowd. We ducked into an outdoor riverside restaurant and it was there we meet a Chinese cop and preceded to spend the rest of the night talking with him and his family. I wish I had a picture, but this guy and his family were great and made Halloween in China an unforgettable experience, an experience that you will need to ask me about in person.
After Chengdu we took an over night train to Kunming, a city in Yunnan province, were we spent a few days before heading back to Shanghai. I will let the pictures explain the rest of trip. I will post again soon about my visits to Huangshan (yellow mountain) and Xihu (west lake). Until next time
|What I would look like if I only ate Sichuan food.|
|Wow look at that 帅哥, truly 高富帅 haha|
|Thanks for the reminder|
|Can you spot the foreigners? At a tea house in Chengdu|