|From Chengdu March 2010 Jamie|
Jamie and I left early this morning on a 7:30 flight to Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan province in China. This province was in the news a couple of years ago because of the terrible 8.0 earthquake that claimed the lives of about 68,000 people. It is also known for its beautiful national parks and varied landscapes. Another reason for our journey is for their world renowned panda bears.
We checked in to our hostel, Chengdu Traffic Inn, around 11:30 and then hit the town to see some of the sites. We had seen a Tex-Mex restaurant on the map, so we headed toward it first to see if it was any good. Chengdu is sort of in the middle of the country, so we didn't think that their tex-mex would be that good. We were surprised when it was actually quite tasty. We walked to Tianfu Square and then bussed around the city and toured through the Qingyang Taoist Temple. This was the first Taoist temple Jamie and I have been through. This one was nice enough, although it looked somewhat cheap and touristy. I'll let you do your own research into the Taoist belief system, but I will tell you that it is most famous for the belief and symbol the yin and the yang.
We simply could not find a bus or a taxi that took us back to our hotel, so we just walked the whole way back, probably about 3 miles across the city. No big deal; but since I had been sick, we were exhausted. I went straight to bed without dinner and slept for 13 hours straight. Certainly needed due to our last few days. Plus we wanted to be rested for the pandas the next day.