Tien Chen Lou Hotel
Our hotel on Qing Hua Road in Chengdu
May 20, 2013 (Chengdu, China) Yesterday was largely taken up as a travel day getting to Chengdu and settling in to the Hotel Tian Chen Lou on Qing Hua Road. Our hosts graciously met and picked us up at the airport in two large hospital vans for a 30 minute drive to the hotel. The flight was uneventful, and our first impression of Chengdu is always from the air as we're landing - the air was much clearer than it usually is and we actually had some sunshine! The city is changing rapidly...while still under what appears to be a phenomenal construction boom, some of the infrastructure is now finished, the roads were good and it appeared greener than any of the other visits we'd been on. Nice to see.
The hotel is a bit of a homecoming to those of us who've been here before. Its fairly basic, the beds are firm and the infrastructure is a bit older, but the familiarity is reassuring. We met our hosts for dinner at the hotel restaurant and it was great to see all their familiar faces again. The original residents we nurtured are now contributing as staff physicians in the department.
Some of the faculty and the hospital administrative leaders were there too, and there are high expectations for the development of a new eye care facility through our partnership.
The international eye symposium started the day we arrived, and we'll be participating and making our presentations there this morning. The morning (here) was marred by the news of rough weather in OKC, Edmond and Luther - we hope and pray you all stay safe and sound!
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