01.02.2012 - 01.02.2012 3 °C
I have decided to have a lazy day in Chengdu today, as that seems to be the normal around this city, most people are very laid back and take time off from the hustle and bustle, so I am going to do the same.
Had a little bit of a sleep in til 10 today, and spend the morning at the markets. There are so many things here that I still want to eat, so I am also going to have a food day. First dough balls covered in honey, which for something so simple taste fantastic and make for a good breakfast. Then I pass a Chinese bakery, which has Beautiful cakes and buns, so I stopped for coffee and some savory and sweet treats for lunch.
After lunch I walk down the main shopping strip and stop to look at one of the many stalls that sell panda merchandise, not looking to buy just window shopping to see the shear amount of panda stuff for sale in Chengdu the home of pandas in China. I'm just about to leave when the lady who owns the store start shoving merchandise at me and yelling prices, I try to leave and she keeps grabbing my arm, thinking I may have spent to long in this store, she keeps yelling so I'm yelling, and suddenly it's a screaming match between two languages, but I eventually get out and some lady outside said from what I could tell that she is crazy.
After that little adventure started looking for more subdued shops to look at, so head into a store that sells chinese calligraphy stuff, the store is beautiful and has hand painted calligraphy covering the walls, they even sell hand painted wallpaper which I find amazing as every piece is unique.
After some more shopping, stopped for tea in this lovely garden bar, you pay 10 yuan or $1.70AUD for a glass and you can sit there as long as you want with unlimited refills, the just give you a flask with hot water and you can stay forever. So just sat back and enjoyed the view with my unlimited green tea.
After couple of hours of tea drinking, I decide to find somewhere for dinner, and find a decent enough looking noodle shop to eat, the noodles at this place are great, huge portions and the sauce is nice and spicy, like all food in Chengdu. After dinner I head out to the night markets, which were suggested by the hostel, the night markets are interesting but mostly just sell random crap that they sell at home in discount shops. They have some decent stalls though that sell combs, jewelry, and silk so had a look at those and bought some spun sugar covered in pollen, which is then rolled up into bite size pieces, definitely satisfying my sweet tooth.
After a great dinner and desert i head back to the hostel for a early night.