A full day in Chengdu

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September 3rd 2014
Published: July 1st 2017
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After breakfast we wandered around the historical area we are staying. Lovely old buildings with fancy rooftops really make you feel like you are back in old China. Then it was a metro ride to Jinsha Site Museum. This site was discovered in 2001 during real estate construction. They unearthed a major site containing 3000 year old objects from the Shu Kingdom.
The museum is an expansive complex with a building showing the excavation site and another beautiful building displaying many objects from the excavated area. Over 6000 relics were found there including functional and decorative items. There were pottery and tools, jade artifacts, stone carvings and ornate gold masks. There were also a huge amount of elephant tusks unearthed there. We found the museum very informative and well displayed. At the end of our tour we sat and watched our first 4D movie, which was very amusing and fun.
After returning to our hotel we ventured out for dinner. We found a place that was lively with people and decided to eat there. No English on the sign. We were seated at a table with a hole in the middle, below which was a burner and a propane tank. Turns out this is "hot pot". A kindly woman working there took pity on us, and helped us order. Over the burner they put a large wok filled with a red sauce teeming with chili peppers, and in the middle of that was a pot with broth, vegetables and fish heads. This all was brought to a rolling boil. She helped us further by putting some other stuff (red meat, cucumber, cauliflower) into each pot and then dishing it out when it was ready. Very tasty, very spicy, and quite an experience. We were probably the only Caucasians they'd seen in a while. It was such a fun experience.
After that we headed off to a bakery where we had seen people lined up all day. There was still a line up so we joined the queue and bought a few tasty items.

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