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Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu January 11th 2007

Located on a sprawling UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sichuan Province of China, this impressive 230 foot high Dafo, or Great Buddha, has been carved into the red sandstone hill called Lingyun Hill, where 3 treacherous rivers confluence, the Min, the Dadu, and the Qingyi Rivers in the city of Le Shan, some 3 hrs from Chengdu's Panda Bears. To safeguard the passing boats, the monk Haitong in 713 AD, (at a time before Charlemagne the Great created the Holy Roman Empire), decided to carve a protective icon into the sandstone cliffs as a public works project. No doubt, he wisely understood, that the resulting rubble would fill in the river-shoals, to calm the often raging waters, taking the lifes of many, and usually threatening the profitable, surrounding agricultural areas of the citizens. Its construction took ... read more
The visitors below dwarf in size.
And I thought my head was big.
Each of the Great Buddha's ears droops 23 ft.

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu January 11th 2007

In 2 weeks I (+ 2 friends + 1 friend's boyfriend) will be in Tibet, probably cursing myself on why I didn't pick Hainan (an island, south of China, where it's warm), but hopefully not! The Spring Festival is the big holiday here in China, I guess it's equivalent to Christmas as it's the lead up to Chinese New Year, except unlike Christmas where you only get Christmas Day and New Year's Day off - if you're lucky - here, most people get about 3 weeks, and us lucky teachers get nearly 6! A surreal thing happened to me last Sunday. My friends and I have a saying 'only in China....'. Here you can end up doing something in the afternoon which you never IMAGINED you would be doing when you woke up that morning! And ... read more

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu January 1st 2007

..which means 'Happy New Year' in Mandarin, tho there are several ways to say it! First of all, I'll describe Christmas....I would have loved to be somewhere hot with preferably a) a pool b) a beach nearby, but as I'm near bang in the centre of China, I knew that wasn't going to happen! Maybe this year....? It pissed it down on the day (and has been for a week now, is it trying to remind us of the UK or something?), so we spent the day having a fry up, watching DVDs, tidying up a bit after our Christmas Eve party (a great success) and then heading out for Christmas dinner. In the end after much 'faffing about' we settled on tea ('dinner' to you non-northerners) at Dave's, which was quite impressive for 55 kwai, ... read more

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu January 1st 2007

So New Year was random but pretty damn good. I didn't know what to expect since New Year's occasionally ends up being an anti climax. After a wee shopping trip I headed round to Charlotte's and Daryl's. It was C & D, Iona, Claire, and me + Santa (their v.v.cute puppy), Stephen & William joined us later. Iona and I started to get ready when disaster nearly struck and we got locked in the spare flat. I thought Iona was either joking or being daft, but we were in fact locked in. After Daryl saved us we finished getting ready and started the drinking and the chatting. I was on the Bacardi and Coke so I was pretty pleased with that apart from when Charlotte made me down loads of it (I was forced obviously?!). ... read more
me and Iona
The morning after

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu December 25th 2006

My Christmas in China was pretty good. My flat was all nicely decorated and I was suitably in the Christmasy mood when the Christmas weekend came along. Normally I am a bit of a ba humbug because the Christmas preparations in the U.K start stupidly early. Luckily I didn't have to deal with all that here. Christmas eve and my flat mate Claire and I had a party in our flat. We provided Mulled wine and snacks for the party goers and the mulled wine went down a treat. We even bought buijio but not even a drop was touched. Two Chinese friends turned up to the party with a Christmas tree, very thoughtful but I have never been given one of those at a Christmas party before. It is certainly a gift that won't be ... read more
Waiting to pounce!
yummy eggnog
We ate it all!

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu December 19th 2006

So our Senior 1's had an English Karaoke competition on Monday. It was on when we usually have Chinese class so we decided to ditch Chinese and head to the competition. We thought we might end up being judge's even though we had not been officially asked. This turned out to be correct. Not that I minded doing it but I wish that people in China could communicate better. It was a bit similar to what happened with the Junior's play competition. We only found out about our Junior's English play competition because the student's told us. I think the teachers at the school don't want to bother us or ask too much of us. I was like, if it's English, it is our job to help. Definitely a cultural thing. You have to be ... read more

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu December 19th 2006

Perhaps I should have mentioned huoguo, meaning 'hotpot' ('huo' means 'fire') before as it's arguably Sichuan's (the province I'm in) most famous dish (if you can call it a dish). Yesterday I taught my Senior 1s from 8:50 until 16:15 as per most Mondays. After my lessons we all went up to this ginormous hall which I had never seen before, to judge the yearly Senior 1 karaoke competition! Every class it seemed had a representative to sing an English language song....of course this consisted largely of Westlife/Boyzone/Avril Lavigne songs, but what can you do? It was part hilarious, part excruciating as we were right by the loudspeakers and what can I say, some of the kids' voices weren't the best! The hilarious moments came when halfway through a singer's performance, someone rushed on stage which ... read more

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu December 18th 2006

I was getting some iced tea at our local small shop and was intrigued at what the owners were eating. It looked to me like a stick!? It was in fact bamboo. Because I looked so interested the lady gave me two pieces of bamboo to take home and taste?! I was utterly baffled by this until a friend told me they don't eat the bamboo they just chew it for the juices and then spit it out. Its supposed to be good. Not given it a go yet but I am sure I will. Will I turn into a Panda? Anyway I saw a Bamboo seller on the street the other night and took a picture. It must be popular in Winter because I have not seen it before. ... read more

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu December 16th 2006

At last, after a few weekends of doing not much, we went on a wee adventure today.... Luodai apprarently gets its name from a bloke called Liu Adou who lost his jade belt in a well here (however I didn't manage to find out why Liu Adou was so important to warrant a town being named after him). Luodai Ancient Town is the largest Hakka Ancient town in west China, with over 90% of its inhabitants being descendants from Guangdong, Jianxi and Fujian. We (my flatmate and I) heard about this place from a laowei laoshi friend of ours who had been here before with her students. To get here, take a bus to Wuguiqiao Bus Station which is near the Tazishan Park which has a very tall pagoda like structure which looks like it's ready ... read more
fake plastic trees
it's hard life...
contemplating life...

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu December 16th 2006

Luodai Ancient Village, forty minutes East on the Bus from Chengdu was our Saturday day trip destination. After a late lunch at Grandma's Kitchen on Kehu Bei lu, Iona, Claire and I headed towards the bus station to get the bus to Luodai. The bus took forty minute's and passed the poorer outskirts of the city and new development area's. We had managed to get a seat which made the journey a little more pleasant and for part of the journey had a local baby being amused by us. The bus took about forty minute's and when we arrived it was pretty easy to find the entrance to the village. At the foothills of the Eastern Mountain range it was established by the Hakka community. From what I have briefly read online and on the ... read more
Pots of ware's
Scary Dragon
Strawberrie's on a Stick




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