Shopping in Chengdu

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Flag of China  , Sichuan,
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Our last day in Chengdu we spent trying to shop a little. James' shirts he bought back in Bali are all too small and well I (Jackie) seem to have crap for clothes. Instead of buying on the streets like in Bali and Thailand (where we were so proud of our cheap purchases but is now the reason we have crap clothing) we went to malls. Of course James complained the whole time and didn't enjoy much of it, but kudos to him for putting up with it. Also of course he ended up being the one that found what he was looking for! Haha. We ended up getting him a couple cheap but decent and correctly sized t-shirts and I lucked out with a tank top on sale all at the first place.

Later we caught a bus to a mall in the center of Chengdu which was a mistake because everything was all too expensive (little boutique clothing shops). They follow you around like puppies in the stores waiting to help and in one store the girl following me ran away for a second and came back with another girl holding a camera so she could get a picture with me! Haha, of course it's not the first and won't be the last. I enjoyed taking the day off from planning and sight-seeing though and getting to wander around clothing stores; James decided when we get back he was gonna open a "Man's Store" in West Ed full of couches, beers, and tv screens for "guys only" that have been drug along for shopping trips. Lol.

I was really unlucky in my search for a pair of new shorts as asian sizes don't allow for a little curve in the ass and hips! At the first store when I was trying to find a pair that I may be able to try on a girl came up to help me and I was trying to say "I need a big pair" and pointing at the shorts and saying "too small", she took that as I need a small and found the smallest pair; I probably wouldn't have even been able to get them over my knees! Lol. So I tried again and then saw a pair that looked bigger than the others and when the girl looked at me confused I pointed at myself and then my hips and said "I'M big", her eyes widenned a bit and she immediately starting apologizing and I started laughing. They ended up just fitting but turned out a bit pricey so I kept looking. At another place I found one pair in the same size as the other one I had tried on and then when I was trying to find that size or bigger in a different colour a guy came up to help. He pulled out a pair he must have thought would fit me (obviously he didn't really look at me) but it was a couple sizes smaller so I showed him the size of the other pair in my hands, to which I got the reply (with a bit of a look of disbelief) "that's biggest size". Haha, I nodded my head, and then he said it again and so I nodded a little harder. Finally he found one and I went off to try them on; guess what, they were too small! I had to just laugh it off when I came out and told James I was too big for the largest size of shorts! Shopping in China is like trying to shop at Baby Gap.

Finally we finished up our semi-successful shopping day and headed back to the hostel to retrieve our bags from the storage room and take the bus to the train station. We took the night train to Xian and arrived around noon the next day. After reading horror stories on blogs about night trains in China with people standing and sleeping everywhere we have been pleasantly surprised as there aren't any extra people in the sleeper cars and we've found it quite easy to catch some sleep.
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