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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Day 2

linkPosted by Nadine 2014-02-18 11:00:23

Today we explored a bit the south-east . The walk started from home towards the Jinjiang River. The sidewalks were filled with lots of people and the roads with lots of cars.

After some time we reached the river and went along it passing by the Wangjiang Tower Park and the Lounge Bridge.

Then it was time to take the Metro from Dongmen Bridge to Tianfu Square. It feels a bit like being at the Airport. We needed to cross security and bags were x-rayed. but that is ok. :-)

As we arrived at Tianfu Square we found a hugh square surrounded by shopping malls, skyscrapers and a Mao Statue and in the middle a big fountain.

After having a cheesecake and tea break in a cosy little place, it was time to return home for today. Later we will have som hopefully nice chinese food :)

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China trip Day 1

picPosted by Nadine 2014-02-17 02:41:24

Yesterday our trip to Chengdu started in Frankfurt. And now finally after 10hours we arrived here. No sleep during the flight and here it is morning, so there wont be any sleep for the next 12 hours. But anyway, the flight was pretty smooth. I got some beer on the flight, so I was happy.

After we arrived, we were driven to my dad's place. On the way I really thought I would die. They drive a bit different.

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