I'd visited Chengdu before. My clearest memories were of funeral shops and pollution. I optimistically thought there was probably much more to the city, particuarly as I was to spend the next 3 months of my life based there. However, my memory was not playing tricks on me. Chengdu has won the esteemed title of 'Worse City in China.'
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Joined: March 19th, 2005From: The beautiful city of Peterborough lives in Peterborough,United KingdomFavorite Book: Lonely Planet guides - all of them!Favorite Movie: Monsters Inc plus anything else DisneyFavorite Music: Anything.Hobbies: TRAVELLING!Languages: Chinese, French and English sometimesBucket List: Get a job that paysProfession: Primary School TeacherAmazing Event: Hugging a cuddly panda in Chengdu.
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Driving MachineHow Bill taught himself to drive. He's got his driving license after only 1 time on a real road! Most of the tests sounded like dance lessons for cars. He knows how to parallel park on top of an icy mountain but from my experience of Chinese drivers, he's probably not all that sure of what to do with a traffic light!!
HotpotHotpot is Chengdu's most popular food. It's good fun dropping the raw meat and vegetables into the boiling water though it's a test of patience waiting for it to cook! It all ends up tasting the same once dipped in the peanut oil sauce. The locals numb all tastebuds by dipping their food into a bath of sizzling spices!
Traditional Marriage TransportationIf I was getting married in China according to ancient Chinese tradition, I would be carried on this to the groom's house. Luckily for whoever the driver may have been, this tradition isn't really observed anymore.