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We flew from Guilin to Chengdu on 19th July, the flight was good and surprisingly included a meal! On arrival at Chengdu airport we followed signs for the airport shuttle, it only cost 10¥ each and took around 40mins to the centre. We met a lovely couple on this shuttle from Malaysia, they both spoke mandarin (one of the Chinese languages) they helped us find our hotel, Rong Cheng Holiday Inn, (this is a good, clean and comfortable hotel, reasonably priced and in ...
... contest. Each band and singer had a small area about forty foot squared, and were immediately bordered by the next band. As such it was just deafening, and believe or not, some people were actually dancing! We moved away as soon as possible, walking to a quieter area. We spotted a small opening in a wall and wandered through, ah. This was more like it. We had stumbled on an ornamental garden, with bonsai trees in evidence, a very nice lake full of ...
... filled the river bed with huge amounts of rubble which smoothed the river flow rather than anything too spiritual.
There are spiral staircases to acces the Buddha but we took the easy option and did our viewing from a boat. This way you get good pictures but miss out on any real connection and of course the exercise. The buddha is flanked by 2 smaller cravings The Sleeping Buddha and one that is so weathered you cannot see it.
... got out of the car, one experience richer! hmm, so much for our boring day.
We went up to our room and made ourselves a cub of herbal tea. It is so good it is the tea we purchased in Beijing by the temper of heaven. calmed down and took the kids to the pool.
We are a little stressed today as there are problems with our flight from Honk Kong to Tahiland. We are leaving for Honk Kong tomorrow and spending tow nights there ( we really felt that would be enough) ...
... so many things about it were so awkward and not at all what we are used to that it was hard not to laugh.
After the meeting wrapped up, they handed out the placement tests. Most of the questions on the first two pages were just multiple choice or fill in the blank, and I got through those pages with few problems except for some characters I didn’t recognize. The third page had an essay that I spent a lot of time trying to read. I understood enough ...