Hanting Express (Chengdu Shuhan)
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We started the morning by watching a group of people in the park doing their morning routine of dancing (with swords).
Then into the Mayors office to exchange gifts and discussions about our visit (very young Mayor) - Mayor Du. They were very sincere in their desire to build our relationships.
The Vice Mayor - Mr Chen Shanbin accompanied us for the day which was really lovely and included a visit to the Chengdu Petrochemical Academy, where we gave ...
... controls for our seat. Everything was automatic. The best part was the in car wifi. Who knew?!? I felt like Oprah.
Upon our arrival at the studio, we began selecting our looks. We had each decided on taking a professional shot to be used for our portfolios. We also each decided on one casual look, with the majority of those shots in B&W. For my last two I chose one that was a gender ...
... as we wanted to dislike this circus of consumption and tacky tourism, we could not help but enjoy the spectacle.
Passing through Renmin Park, a small, leafy park close to the central square, we watched the usual array of elderly ladies dancing in jogging bottoms, and a small group of people practising Tai Chi in a little corner. Watching the latter, it was hard not to unconsciously join in with the flow of the movements, and I found myself having to snap out of this ...
... and all.
That's the best part about China. Everything is amazingly fresh. Vegetables, teas, meat... I literally saw a bag of chickens bought yesterday.. LIVE hahaha there was a hole in the bag of them and a rooster was sticking his head out, just looking out at the street and most likely the people who would be dining on him in the next 24 hours. It's an interesting feeling to be living in a city and be able to hear a rooster ...
... and each time I saw one I gasped in awe. It doesn't get old. They are beautiful creatures.
We took a short rest at our hotel, which was across the street from the American Embassy, before heading out on the town.
We visited "Old Chengdu," which is an area of Chengdu that has been preserved by the government. Some of the buildings have been restored, but the layout is the same as it was hundreds of years ago. There ...