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Casual Shopping In Chengdu

We take the day off by joining one of my students, Craig, in a leisurely shopping tour of the city.

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Craig came by and we went to the university bus station and bought five tickets for our travel to SWJTU in Emei. We then spent the day visiting and shopping. We made a quick trip to the tea city where I picked up some brick tea, returning to the hotel at around 1500. Another massage, dinner with Craig and his friend Jack and we called it an evening.

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Sichuan kuding tea in brick form. Bitter, bitter, bitter.

While we had a leisurely time in Chengdu, our fellow travelers visit Qingcheng Mountain via train. Here are a couple of pictures from their visit.

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Visit To Pingle Ancient Town And Jinli Ancient Street

We travel to Pingle to check out this well-known ancient town and then take our fellow travelers to Jinli Ancient Street in Chengdu

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===Pingle Ancient Town===

This morning we got up early, had breakfast and took taxis to the bus station. Our bus to Pingle left at 1015 and after a change of buses at Quanlai, we arrived at around 1130 to the ancient town. We spent around four hours walking around the town and caught a van back to Quanlai at 1500 for the bus back to Chengdu. As you can see from the pictures, Pingle is an interesting ancient town but does not come close to either Langzhong or Pingyao in Shanxi Province.

Jumping in line for tickets to Pingle

Jumping in line for tickets to Pingle

Van for our second leg of the journey

Van for our second leg of the journey

A working waterwheel near the entrance to the ancient town

A working waterwheel near the entrance to the ancient town

This local lady insured that we got to the ancient town OK

This local lady insured that we got to the ancient town OK

Welcome to Pingle

Welcome to Pingle

And I thought I took lots of pictures

And I thought I took lots of pictures

The following pictures are from Pingle Ancient Town

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We met some touts who took us to the Sea of Bamboo. It was fairly cheap so we all loaded into the van and enjoyed an excursion into a valley full of bamboo trees and a small brook. It was very pleasant, but not unusual for Sichuan.

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The touts have to push hard because no tourist knows about this area.

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A bamboo path.

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We encountered some Chinese swingers about half way up the valley. I am too old to swing1

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One of the cute swingers says hi to me and my camera.

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Saw this really nice Chinese courtyard hotel sitting among the green bamboo. Very nice, indeed!

Back to the ancient town to finish up the pictures and get a bus back to Chengdu.

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Common practice in the wedding industry - take wedding pictures at unique and beautiful places. See this everywhere in China. It is big bucks (Yuan).

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The final picture before we say goodbye to Pengle and catch our bus back to the bigger bus station so we can return to Chengdu

===Jinli Ancient Street===

We got back to our hotel at 1830, took a shower and relaxed for a few minutes before getting taxis to Jinlin Ancient Street. We spent the next two hours walking the street, getting something to eat and at around 2100, I met an old student now studying for a masters degree in SWJTU Chengdu. Nathan is one of the best students I have ever taught and we had a lot to get caught up about so the next couple of hours was very pleasant indeed. We finally got back to our hotel at around 2300 via one of the craziest taxi drivers we have ever encountered. He kept us laughing for the entire time we were in his taxi. An interesting end to a fun day in Sichuan.

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Welcome to Jinli Ancient Street. We must have come here at least six times before.

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A big restaurant was pushing for people to come in by using an opera actor. Not a bad idea.

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Stairs among the lights.

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Lantern reflections

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A night portrait under the Chinese lanterns

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Caught this interview by a local TV station.

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Surprise! Met one of the first students I had during my teaching at SWJTU. Nathan (in the middle) is now studying in the English graduate program at the Chengdu SWJTU campus. We had a great time getting caught up on everyone and everything. He was one of the best students I have ever taught. Brilliant!

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Chinese lanterns in a small alley

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Jinli Ancient Street at its best - beautiful

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Return To Southwest Jiaotong University

After our three days in Chengdu, we catch the university bus back to SWJTU and Emei Mountain

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The university bus left at 0800 from the Chengdu campus and arrived at the Emei campus at 1130. We visited with Mark for awhile and then checked back into the Maple Hotel. At 1830, we had dinner with our teacher friends from the Department of Foreign Languages and then went to a lecture on THE WAY by a guy who lives in Bangkok. His wife teaches at Assumption University, my old employer in Thailand. We were tired so we went back to the hotel immediately after the lecture. Not sure I remember much about it.

Dining with Our Teacher Friends

Dining with Our Teacher Friends

Always A Pleasure To See My Former Boss, Charles

Always A Pleasure To See My Former Boss, Charles

Lecturer And His Taiwanese Wife

Lecturer And His Taiwanese Wife

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Fuhu Temple And The Leshan Big Buddha

Sunee, Xingming and I visit our friends at Fuhu Temple. I spend some time around the temple in macrophotography

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Sunee and I along with our friendly monk from Baogua Monastery travel to Fuhu Monastery to pick up our tickets to go to the top of Emei Mountain in a couple of days. We share a vegetarian lunch and then I spend some time doing macro photography while Sunee visits some of the temples inside the monastery.

A very tiny yellow flower in full bloom

A very tiny yellow flower in full bloom

This one will open very soon

This one will open very soon

And when the above flower opens, it will look like this

And when the above flower opens, it will look like this

This huge orange flower was begging me to take a picture

This huge orange flower was begging me to take a picture

Found these things lying under the grass. What are they?

Found these things lying under the grass. What are they?

The Nun School of Fuhu Monastery

The Nun School of Fuhu Monastery

The lighting was fabulous

The lighting was fabulous

A big orange thinking about opening

A big orange thinking about opening

The strange looking baby of a big orange

The strange looking baby of a big orange

Looks like a wolf spider but who knows?

Looks like a wolf spider but who knows?

Walking over to the Arhat Hall, I captured this serious wasp

Walking over to the Arhat Hall, I captured this serious wasp

These things sounded like helicopters. Bet they are dangerous!

These things sounded like helicopters. Bet they are dangerous!

Sunee and the monk go check out the hall of Arhats

Sunee and the monk go check out the hall of Arhats

Another spider and its web

Another spider and its web

Had a terrible time getting this guy to hold still.

Had a terrible time getting this guy to hold still.

Close up of the famous bronze pagoda

Close up of the famous bronze pagoda

Another close up.

Another close up.

Buddhas and text up close

Buddhas and text up close

While we visited Fuhu Monastery, our traveling companions visited the Giant Buddha of Leshan and surrounding sites. These two pictures I got from them:

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A Climb To The Summit Of Mount Emei

An afternoon visit/hike to the top of Emei Mountain

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It is a good day to take our fellow travelers and our good friend Mark Hamilton up to the peak of Mount Emei. Using the tickets we got from Yanmiao of Fuhu Monastery, we got on the bus and headed up the mountain at around 1000. The trip took about an hour to reach the stairs to the cable cars. We are all older folks (except Mark but he must walk with us) so the climb will take us about an hour to reach he cable cars. Again, a great day for a walk even though it is a Sunday and crowded.

A Misty Start

A Misty Start

Must be Emei Mountain as the mist still lingers on among the trees.

Our Climb Begins

Our Climb Begins

We begin our climb after the necessary pitstops for all and start the walk up the many stairs. This will be our third time to go to the top of Emei.

Sunday Crowds

Sunday Crowds

Ahhh, mist and crowds. What a great way to spend a Sunday!

The Famous Mount Emei Monkey

The Famous Mount Emei Monkey

There be monkeys about, but this time only three or four are seen. Usually there are many more and I consider us to be lucky since they are evil and nasty creatures.

This Coke Is His

This Coke Is His

Never try to get your coke back once it is in the hands of an evil monkey.

The Climbers

The Climbers

The participating climbers today are from left to right; Sunee, Xingming of Baoguo Temple fame, Mark Hamilton of SWJTU fame, Ms Mam and her newly minted husband Mr. Ching the Singaporean.

A Kid Climber

A Kid Climber

Little kids can also climb Emei Mountain. It really is not that difficult.

A One And A Half Hour Wait On The Cable Cars

A One And A Half Hour Wait On The Cable Cars

The line to the cable cars were long. It must have been a Sunday.

The Top At Long Last

The Top At Long Last

Finally after that long cable car wait and another thirty minutes or so of climbing, we make it to the top. Sunee and I kick back and just let the newbies have at it. I did take a few pictures as you can see.

The Bronze Temple of Emei

The Bronze Temple of Emei

Mr. Supal On The Top Portrait

Mr. Supal On The Top Portrait

Mark Portrait On The Top

Mark Portrait On The Top

The Mist Of Emei

The Mist Of Emei

The Large Silver Temple

The Large Silver Temple

Mark With A Great Background

Mark With A Great Background

Definitely On The Top

Definitely On The Top

The Mist Continues To Linger

The Mist Continues To Linger

Ok, it was nice as usual on the top and now it is time to go back down the mountain. Only a few minutes and we catch the cable car back down and begin the walk to the bus station.

Sunee and Xingming Pose For The Camera

Sunee and Xingming Pose For The Camera

Here Sunee poses with our good friend, Xingming, about half way down the stairs.

Tea Bought From These Guys Will Not Be Very Good

Tea Bought From These Guys Will Not Be Very Good

Tea rule #5: Never buy tea from tourist sites where one must walk a long way to get to arrive. Guarantee the tea is substandard with premium prices. Maybe the sellers believe the cheap tea will be better at higher altitudes. We passed on the tea.

Only If One Is Really Tired

Only If One Is Really Tired

If one get really tired, one can always hire a porter. Saw lots of tourists taking advantage of an easy way to get down the mountain.

On Our Way Down To Catch A Bus

On Our Way Down To Catch A Bus

Easy walk down to the bus station. We catch our bus back to the Emei Tourist Center and call it a day - a very nice day to be sure.

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