Day 10

linkPosted by Nadine 2014-02-27 07:58:49
We explored the northwest of Chengdu today. First we went to Huanhuaxi Park, the largest park in Chengdu. Right next to it is Du Fu Thatched Cottage, a park and museum in honour of the Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu.

In the evening we went to the Sichuan Opera that is pretty different from what we call an opera but still worth seeing.

Finally we also managed to eat Hot Pot, a tradtional thing here. It is a huge pot filled with soup and you put all the things you wanna eat in there and let them cook for a while. Usually it is spicy like hell but we also had a milder version next to the spicy one.

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Day 9

linkPosted by Nadine 2014-02-26 02:55:50

Souvenir-hunting was the plan for today but was not very successful. First we went to Jinli Street, a small area next to Wuhu Temple that looks like small old village and is packed with souvenir stores and food places. Looks really nice but still I couldnt find nice things there.

Next stop was the "Wide and Narrow Alley" again but also nothing there.

In the evening we gave the Wushu Monastery a new chance for Souvenirs but it was a bit too late, so I guess we have to go back there again.

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Day 8

linkPosted by Nadine 2014-02-24 14:36:20

Finally we went to the Panda bears :) They are soooo cute and lazy. Sleeping or resting the whole day. I like their lifestyle ;) One small Panda went 3 steps and decided to rest again. so cute!

Then I went to "Computer City". So confusing and weird. Actually I went there to get a mirco SD card but once I arrived I just wanted to go out again...

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Day 7

linkPosted by Nadine 2014-02-23 12:32:28

It is sunday today, so a day to chillex and relax. We took the metro to "Global Center"- the biggest building in the world.

Some parts of it are hotels, a water park, ice-skating ring and of course a mall. But mainly expensive stuff.

For dinner it was sichuan food again which was prepared directly at the table.

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Day 6

linkPosted by Nadine 2014-02-22 13:05:16

Going outside of Chengdu was today's plan. So we went to the "leshuan giant Buddha" about 160km from Chengdu. It is the biggest Buddha statue made in stone in the world. Lots of tourists were there and the way down to the Buddha took forever as the people always had to take pictures.

Today was also the first day a chinese person wanted to take a picture with me ;)

For dinner we went to a place called "bookworm" today. Nothing typical chinese but really cosy and nice- like an old library.

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Day 5

linkPosted by Nadine 2014-02-21 15:27:56

On today's agenda was "people's park", a huge park close to the main square with lots of flowers, lakes, nice buildings and tea houses. So we also had to take a tea. I took a bamboo green tea- delicious :)

Next stop was the "wide and narrow alley". Some grey brick buildings that were restored recently. It is pretty much 2 shopping roads with lots of souvenirs and food.

And last but not least some sichuan food for dinner. Sichuan Beef in Chili oil- also delicious but spicy like hell. On our way home we stopped at the Kempinski Hotel and had a 1,0l Paulaner because chinese beer isnt the best in the world ;)

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Day 4

linkPosted by Nadine 2014-02-20 14:49:58

I am still not used to the time here...going to bed way to late and sleep way to long.

Anyway today we went to the "Science and Technology Museum" that was a bit boring and cold, as everything here is bit colder than normal. Heating is overrated ;)

Then a walk along one of the many shopping streets they have here towards the Daci Temple. Shopping "typical" chinese stuff isnt that easy though, it is mostly Gucci, Armani or H&M,... pretty much what we have in Europe too.

The Daci Temple is at the moment a huge construction area but still really nice and interesting to see the different culture.

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Day 3

linkPosted by Nadine 2014-02-19 17:06:58

Today we went to Wenshu Monastery, the best-preserved Buddhist temple in Chengdu. It is the home of the Buddhist Association of Sichuan Province and Chengdu City.
"Initially built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Wenshu Monastery was once called Xinxiang Temple. In 1681, during the reign of Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Cidu, an accomplished Buddhist monk, came to the temple. He built a simple hut between two trees and for several years lived an ascetic life there. Legend has it when Cidu was being cremated; the statue of Wensu (Bodhisattva Manjusri in Sanskrit) appeared in the flames, staying for a long time. So people regarded Cidu as the reincarnation of the Bodhisattva Manjusri. Thereafter, Xinxiang Temple became Wenshu Monastery."
It was nice to see it as it is pretty different what we have, they also had some cute turtels there ( I named them Raffaelo, Michelangelo,... ;) )

After that we had a small tour through my dad's workplace, very technical but interesting stuff.
Also a trip to IKEA was on the agenda of today, including a "Hot Dog"- of course ;)

And finally some real sichuan, chinese food- awesome :)

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