City Inn (Chengdu Kuanzhai Alley)
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... And a million Sichuan peppercorns floating
A small bowl of spicy noodles
Jaudz, best we’ve had in China and
Warm orange drink and chilled mango juice on the manager
A veritable feast, for Alex especially
For me, a cultural experience and I tried everything
Chen said he was proud of me
A good night of food, friends and conversation
Let me tell you what I think of ...
Today we checked out of the wonderful Peninsula hotel. We spent the morning in the Hutong area of the city of Beijing. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods that is still standing after the the communist "reallocation and renovation" of the city. We broke up into 3 teams and proceeded to accomplish 3 activites, similar to the amazing race. Our team's biggest (get it?) problem was Tim and me. We are by far the largest of ...
... many of my preconceptions – although fortunately not all bad.
Arriving in Chengdu we made our way to our hostel, aptly named LazyBones – this was one of the best hostels we’ve stayed in with a pool table, great food and very friendly staff! The main reason for stopping in Chengdu was to visit the pandas! The Chinese are somewhat fanatical about their endangered 'national treasure’ which has meant they ...
... on my walk home, I saw a group of women dancing a similar dance to Clancy's. I stood there and watched every move, dying to join in. Before I leave China, I HAVE to learn traditional Chinese dance. It is from another world--a world before computers, before guns, before corporations, before everything that is and was. It is a dance that was passed down from the oldest person in the oldest civilization in the world. I want to learn this magical dance, so I can bring it back to America with me. That way a part of China will always be with me.
... us at the end of the tour. Seriously, this was unbelievable. And yes, you guessed it right - this new guide did not speak any English either. We swear we were chosen for one of those funniest shows today where they see how you react in a bad situation. And if we were, we should get a medal for our patience and tolerance. But no one approached us afterward to debrief us. Oh well.
So the French couple and us decided to explore on our own. ...