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Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu June 25th 2015

Kenny and Pokman left China today. Jerry and I having last day wandering around Chengdu, with Lu in the morning and Lance in the afternoon. Last chance to get last souvenirs. We went to a famous shopping area of 3 lanes in the old part of the city, with original parts of the old city walls excavated and preserved. Had dinner with Lance in a nice restaurant before heading home for a 6am start in the morning to Le Shuan.... read more
Zhaixiangzi Alley
bustling street
Lanes

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu June 25th 2015

Today we went to Le Shuan (Happy Mountain) with Lu and her friend Qi (Chi). It's a 2 hour drive from Chengdu through Chines countryside. Field after field and small villages. Arrived in Le Shuan, which is a natural heritage site. The highlight is a huge Buddha carved out of the rock face that drops down to the river. The Buddha is over 400ft high. Either side of it is a path winding down the cliff, across his feet and back up the other side. But the wait is about 3 hours to get onto the path, so we took a boat on the river and got the best views of the Buddha! Back to Chengdu and the last dinner with Lu and Qi. Been a great holiday with some fantastic adventures. Thanks Tibet and Chengdu, ... read more
marble tiger
the fat monk
looking back across the river

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu June 21st 2015

Moving on from Xi-an, it was a 16h train ride southwest to Sichuan province, which I'd come tantalisingly close to the last time I visited China, when I spent some time in the neighbouring province of Yunnan. This time, I made it to the provincial capital of Chengdu, a city known for its spicy hotpot, pandas, and pretty, fair-skinned girls. As mentioned, the big attraction of the city is the nearby Panda Park, which houses the largest collection of pandas in captivity in the world, and where the cutting edge research and conservation efforts are being undertaken. Sichuan is one of just three provinces in China where pandas can still be found in the wild (the others being Shaanxi and Gansu), and souvenir shops all around town sell panda-related trinkets to obliging domestic tourists. Chengdu will ... read more
Jinli Street
Xi'an-Chengdu Train
Xi'an-Chengdu

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu June 13th 2015

Some supermarket shopping for Yak milk tea before heading to the airport to fly back to Chengdu. 2 hour journey instead of 42 hours!!! Group photo of everyone, before leaving Tibet. Went for something to eat then Scott, Jerry, Pokman and Kenny went to see the Chengdu opera performing the "Face Changing" particular to Chengdu. About 80 minute performance of a combination of theatre, dance, laser show, doll puppetry, and the actors and dolls changing their facemasks in a flash! Very enjoyable!... read more
Chengdu Theatre
Changing Faces cast

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu June 6th 2015

Went to Wenshu Yuan temple, famous for its vegetarian food. All meat dishes made from tofu but looked just like the real thing. Weird! Walked around souvenirs shopping area then back to hotel. I finished my book, Jerry went out to try and find a China FC football shirt and failed! Packed the bags ready for the train journey to Tibet. 8.45pm boarded train for a 42 hour ride!! 6 bunks to a compartment, food trolleys going up and down the aisles for lunch and dinner. No stops on the way where you could get out other than for a few minutes at a time. The train climbed to its highest point (5,072M! The world,s highest railway) by the second day. Then came down to the 3,500M height of Lasa. We had been taking altitude sickness ... read more
Orange monk
Pokman, Scott and Lu
good shot with the tea!

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu June 3rd 2015

day 5 Up early for us, 7am!!! After brekkie we all met up with Lu & headed off to Dujiangyan. This was a large area surrounding a big river that that was created into 2 rivers by a small dam. This area also contained a number of large temples that were connected by walking bridges that swayed as you crossed them!!! Climbing to the highest temple gave fab views of the torrenting river. Next we travelled on towards the Panda reserve, stopping on route for a cracking lunch with the best fish dish yet!! After satisfying our appetites we headed off to see the Pandas. The park had lovely enclosures but unfortunately all the Pandas were dining in. We did however get to see them through the glass as they enjoyed their bamboo. We were, however, ... read more
licquor
temple
pagoda

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu June 3rd 2015

June 3, 2015 (Chengdu) Factoid of the day: there are now an estimated 20 million registered permanent residents and 130,000 expats in Chengdu! What an amazing city. Yesterday was an exercise in patience. We met with folks on the Chinese side (hospital) from facilities planning and management. They speak no English. We translate via physicians who are on our team (who are to some of the the business terminology) and try to communicate concepts like blueprints through the “telephone game”. If it were a Seinfeld sitcom it could be very funny! So it goes something like this.... I ask a question like “How many operating rooms do we need?” expecting to hear an answer like “one” or “two”…7-8 minutes later after animated jumbled Chinese conversations I’m answered with “you can’t build standards compliant operating rooms on ... read more
Dr. Jackson teaching
Getting focused
Dr. Walgama

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu June 2nd 2015

Day 4. We met Pokman and Kenny in the hotel foyer this morning. Pokman is Lu's partner, and both are coming to Tibet with us. We went to Du Fu's thatched cottage, which is in much bigger grounds containing pagodas, temples and gardens, etc. Du Fu was a poet who wrote about the poor farmers and their plight. After walking around the extensive grounds we headed back to meet Lu. We all went for a "hotpot" dinner. Delicious! I tried the offal of cow and duck for the first time. Celine would have been at home! Then off to a bar for night beer. For all the Englanders, it's 11.30pm and 26 degrees!! Ha Ha.......... Zai jian... read more
Du Fu grounds
bambooserie
pagoda

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu June 2nd 2015

Day 3. Not much to report. Jerry and I went for a run along two rivers in the city. Good views along the way and good way of avoiding the hustle and bustle of Chengdu. Jerry then went people watching - particularly interested in mass road crossings of bikes, pedestrians, cars, buses et al in a completely chaotic manner! We set out to find a late lunch and relied totally on pictures and gestures! But very successful. Hooked up with Lance again for dinner and beers. Took us to some cool places we never would have found. A little local knowledge goes a long way!!... read more
Depth of field! - by the river
people watching - Chinese chess
Ready, steady.........

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu June 2nd 2015

June 2, 2015 (Chengdu, China) Tuesday we were ready to roll up the sleeves and start the planning work. We agreed to meet earlier than usual. Space had been assigned and now we had a real project to work on. When we arrived, ongoing executive meetings with the hospital leadership delayed the start - apparently there were some snags with the initial space they'd offered us. Consensus decision-making is surprisingly important, and the local occupants were unwilling to relocate. With some time on my hands, I walked through the outpatient building to experience the early morning rush. There were hundreds of patients arriving and checking in through long, noisy and busy queues. After about an hour they showed us some different space - smaller than we'd requested, but something we could use to get a good ... read more
Outpatient building
Outpatient Building
Outpatient Building




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