Chengdu, China
成都

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Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding 成都大熊猫繁育研究基地, Chéngdū, China — November 25, 2004


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Dragon at the Wenshu Monastery 文殊院, Chéngdū, China — November 20, 2004


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Mural at the Qingyang Temple 青羊宫, Chéngdū, China — November 22, 2004


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Tea time at the Wenshu Monastery, Chéngdū, China — November 20, 2004

The Peace Pagoda of a Thousand Buddhas is the tallest iron pagado in China.


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Wenshu Monastery, Chéngdū, China — November 20, 2004


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Brian and pandas, Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Chéngdū, China — November 25, 2004

I don’t think I slept much the night before, and the weather was freezing, and I don’t think I was dressed properly either (note the light cotton pants) but this experience seeing the pandas was incredible.


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Sìchuān Opera (chuānjù) 川剧, Chéngdū, China — November 26, 2004


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My Thanksgiving dinner 2004, Chéngdū, China — November 25, 2004

One of my favorite meals in China is the Sìchuān influenced hot pot. With this grand meal you get one huge boiling cauldron (the hot pot) that is divided in half. One side is savory and the other side is infused with ma la, the famed numbing peppers of Southwest China. Veggies, meat, roots, stalk, fish, beef, pig’s throat, and basically anything else is dipped and cooked in this delicious hot pot. The meal can go on for hours accompanied by Qīngdǎo beer and plenty of tea. A word of warning: Micro-manage the simultaneous dipping of raw meat while pulling the cooked meat out or you may experience an upset stomach the next morning.


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Famous Sìchuān style hot pot; one side fire, the other savory, Chéngdū, China — November 25, 2004


Sìchuān Opera shadow puppeteer, Chéngdū, China — November 26, 2004


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Having fun


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Incense and dragons, Qingyang Temple 青羊宫, Chéngdū, China — November 25, 2004


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Selling málà tàng 麻辣烫, Chéngdū, China — November 20, 2004


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Enjoying the Shunxing Ancient Tea House, Chéngdū, China — November 26, 2004


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Mini hot pot, Chéngdū, China — November 20, 2004


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Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Chéngdū, China — November 25, 2004


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Lighting incense, Wenshu Monastery, Chéngdū, China — November 20, 2004


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Lighting incense, Wenshu Monastery, Chéngdū, China — November 20, 2004


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Wenshu Monastery, Chéngdū, China — November 20, 2004


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Reflection, Chéngdū, China — November 20, 2004


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Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Chéngdū, China — November 25, 2004


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Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Chéngdū, China — November 25, 2004


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Mao statue, Tianfu Square, Chéngdū, China — November 22, 2004


Chéngdū vitals

Places to Stay:

Sim’s Cozy Guesthouse 成都老沈青年旅舍
No.42 Xizhushi st. Chéngdū, Sìchuān CHINA 610017

Sim and Maki no longer own this hostel and have opened a newer spot in Kyoto, Japan

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