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... shopping alley, and also to the Tibetan quarter. Surprisingly, the 55 ethnic minorities in China (who comprise 8% of the population - the rest are Han people) seem to enjoy preferential policies. For example they enjoy exemptions under the 'one child' policy and the five autonomous regions have special rights. Pretty sure that the Tibetans and Uighurs don't see it that way, ...
... her to China and she was already putting up with lots of conditions which were outside of regular comfort zones! Although the shrine bits of the temple were very nice (see pics) I was later glad to be escaping from the place when I saw a cockroach scuttle out from under the bag I was packing and dash underneath the bed I had just slept in!
Outside Chengdu there's a big panda sanctuary and breeding centre, which we went to visit early one morning. I have to admit I was less excited about this than some of the other people on our tour group, as I've previously been to see the pandas at Edinburgh zoo and they pretty boring. It turns out that my mistake had been to visit Edinburgh zoo in the afternoon - pandas are typically ...
There was a really huge Buddha, y'all.
In the morning my group of ten walked to the bus station to take a 2 hour bus to Leshan, south of Chengdu where we had been staying. After arriving, we took another shorter busride to the Grand Buddha Park and had lunch outside of the park. During the experience we felt extremely bombarded by Chinese natives offering to take us places, eat at their restaurant, stay in their hotels. I felt very sorry for the two Asian Americans in my ...
... chambre vraiment très simple dans une rue avec un bon marché et beaucoup de cuisine de rue. Les locaux semblaient encore plus étonnés que d’habitude de nous voir y manger. On a pris quelques tranches de porc pour aller avec nos nouilles fries, puis le lendemain un demi-canard laqué délicieux pour 20 yuans (2 euros 50).
Leshan est célèbre pour une seule chose mais pas la moindre: le plus grand Bouddha du monde (il a pris la ...
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