We awake to the constant rain that has been part of our Chongqing experience. The gray skies have been conducive to having tea with Jacob, poking around his neighborhood, and exploring the stairs and back ways around the area. Chongqing sits on the banks of the Yangtze at the confluence of a major trib, the Jialing River. Jacob and Lynn's place is in the old town between the rivers. This is one of the few cities in China where bicycles were never used because it is so steep. Instead, old staircases wind up and down, connecting back alleys. Tea shops, street food, and markets are everywhere. We see the bamboo baskets on carrying poles that vendors carry up and down the streets full of live fish, vegetables,and sometimes babies.