Category Archives: Sichuan Province

Songpan

Songpan may not be the first Chinese city on the average tourist’s itinerary, but it boasts some of the best signage in the country. All the shops in Songpan seemed to have purchased their shop signs from the same sign-making

Songpan

Songpan may not be the first Chinese city on the average tourist’s itinerary, but it boasts some of the best signage in the country. All the shops in Songpan seemed to have purchased their shop signs from the same sign-making

Jiuzhaighou Blue

Following the flight, Benny, Olga, and I took a two-hour bus ride to the small town outside Jiuzhaighou National Park and enjoyed Passover dinner with a newly-made Chinese friend at a random restaurant. The importance of a good Passover dinner

Jiuzhaighou Blue

Following the flight, Benny, Olga, and I took a two-hour bus ride to the small town outside Jiuzhaighou National Park and enjoyed Passover dinner with a newly-made Chinese friend at a random restaurant. The importance of a good Passover dinner

Chengdu, my Waterloo

Chengdu is the fourth largest city in China, after Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. It’s the capital of Sichuan province, famous for its spicy but delicious food. Sichuan was the site of a devastating 7.9 earthquake in 2008 which killed an

Chengdu, my Waterloo

Chengdu is the fourth largest city in China, after Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. It’s the capital of Sichuan province, famous for its spicy but delicious food. Sichuan was the site of a devastating 7.9 earthquake in 2008 which killed an

Chengdu Bird and Flower and Pizza Market

Benny and Olga and I explored Jinli Street, a commercial district outside Wuhou Memorial Temple. The street dates back to the late 3rd century BC. From there we walked toward the famous Bird and Flower Market. Okay, actually, we walked

Chengdu Bird and Flower and Pizza Market

Benny and Olga and I explored Jinli Street, a commercial district outside Wuhou Memorial Temple. The street dates back to the late 3rd century BC. From there we walked toward the famous Bird and Flower Market. Okay, actually, we walked

Emeishan

You haven’t seen Mount Emei until you’ve seen the view from its peak at dawn. Overlooking a sea of clouds beside a majestic golden temple complex. It is a sunrise which awes the senses. It is a Chinese rite-of-passage. It

Emeishan

You haven’t seen Mount Emei until you’ve seen the view from its peak at dawn. Overlooking a sea of clouds beside a majestic golden temple complex. It is a sunrise which awes the senses. It is a Chinese rite-of-passage. It

Leshan Buddha

No trip across China is complete without a round Big Buddhas. In February I saw the Big Buddha on Lantau Island in Hong Kong—or at least it bottom half, the top obscured by fog. Today, on a beautiful sunny morning,

Leshan Buddha

No trip across China is complete without a round Big Buddhas. In February I saw the Big Buddha on Lantau Island in Hong Kong—or at least it bottom half, the top obscured by fog. Today, on a beautiful sunny morning,

PandaLand

Ok, it’s not called PandaLand. It’s the “Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding”, which boasts one of the highest concentrations of pandas in the world. It’s by far the number one tourist attraction in the city, which in retrospect

PandaLand

Ok, it’s not called PandaLand. It’s the “Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding”, which boasts one of the highest concentrations of pandas in the world. It’s by far the number one tourist attraction in the city, which in retrospect

People’s Park – Chengdu

Benny and Olga wouldn’t tell me what the deal with People’s Park was, so I had to find out for myself. It was a short walk from Lazybones, located in the center of the city. People’s Park is huge. It

People’s Park – Chengdu

Benny and Olga wouldn’t tell me what the deal with People’s Park was, so I had to find out for myself. It was a short walk from Lazybones, located in the center of the city. People’s Park is huge. It

Enter Chengdu

Chinese airports never cease to amaze me. They look like they were built yesterday. Or at least in the past couple of years, which often is the case. New, beautiful. They make LAX look like the Roman Colosseum. Security is

Enter Chengdu

Chinese airports never cease to amaze me. They look like they were built yesterday. Or at least in the past couple of years, which often is the case. New, beautiful. They make LAX look like the Roman Colosseum. Security is