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.
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.
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.