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Day 13 - Chengdu

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So problem one of the day is that my flight has been cancelled and they have rebooked me for the following day, so another night in Chengdu which is not to bad as I like it here. Now just for information sake I will now be skipping the trip to Mount Huangshan, I have been told more time in Shanghai is needed as there are some surrounding towns there that seem intriguing so will spend more time there and because train tickets are hard to come by am already behind by almost 2 days but catch up one from the flight (praying for a first class upgrade haha)

So off early again this morning to see Dujiangyan Scenic Spot and Irrigation system, long bus and train ride there nicely escorted by Weinpiang the journey is made easy, it is nice to have tickets easily bought without a confused fight at the ticket counter. A short walk to the entrance and a couple of tickets later the Dujiangyan scenic spot is very fascinating, has natural beauty and was developed thousands of years ago to irrigate the Sichuan province, with damns and channels made by man it really is quite immense. We crossed there bamboo roped bridged across the river systems which swayed like crazy that you couldn't even walk without holding on made for a scary experience but safely across we are climbing the stairs of the hill face to get a better view. At the top the view is breathtaking and after a short rest back down again we go.

After leaving we decide to have lunch at this little hole on the wall shop.

Lessons Learnt - Part 8
If you are 6 ft in China, nothing is built for you, the tables in the restaurant I cannot even get my knees under so I have to sit Side saddle, and this is not the first time it has happened, and it doesn't help that I am all legs. So some other things where you can't sit in china include, buses, trains, laying down in a sleeper train,  desks, tiny vans and sadly a lot of doorways.

The shop for lunch is quite dirty but busy so the food has to be good, I am a little concerned that there is a cat on a rope in the kitchen but I am assured it is a pet, but I have my doubts ( I'm just happy I could still here is mewing after we had finished eating). There food is brilliant though a huge amount of food mostly vegetables and rice this time but all the different spices compliment the vegetables fantastically.

After lunch it is decided to go to QingCheng Mountains of which you can hike up the mountain and the negative oxygen at the top is supposed to be good for your health and immune system. So this seems like a good alternative as I'm missing the mountain part of my holiday. The mountain is spectacular and we commence the climb, okay so I only made it just passed the half way point, so kinda glad I'm not tracking the mountain now but was still a great experience.

After the journey down, we realised we could have taken a cable car but the walk was good to burn off lunch. After a long bus to the train station we find we have to wait an hour for the train so we rest at the station for our return to the city centre and back to the hostel.

Weinpiang asked if I had had Hot Pot yet and shocked that I hadn't decides that's where we should go for dinner, so we go to one down the road from the hostel. You order by ticking the boxes of what you want to come to your table and we get a half and half, spicy and not spicy boiling broth to cook in.  We have 8 dishes in all, mutton, mushrooms, beef, lotus root, lettuce, quail eggs, noodle, and fish. Apparently the concept of hotspot is fishing for the food, so you load up what you want in and then fish around for it with chopsticks (of which I now have mad chopstick skills, but still can't debone fish) the food again is fantastic and the spicy is not hot, so suits me great.

After hotpot we walk the streets for a bit and then retire to the hostel for the night.

Posted by lee_1986 08:17 Archived in China Tagged china_chengdu

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