We leave Bangkok and arrive to the Chengdu Airport where we catch a van to Emei Mountain. We then visit SWJTU and Fuhu Monastery
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2 April 2012, Arrival to China and Emei Mountain
Rumors and reality told us that we should plan on arriving to the airport earlier than the two hours usually expected. The reason was that the lines seemed to have gotten longer at the airport and when we had made an earlier trip to Singapore, it took us over an hour to get to the passport control section. Getting to the airport early simply made good sense.
Sunee waits for the gate to open. Did not really need to get here this early after all.
We arrived at around 0700 and checked in, waiting for the other members of our excursion to arrive. We all then went down to the food court and had a leisurely breakfast (Asian style) before going through passport control. Surprise! Passport Control only took a few minutes so we had lots of time at Gate E4 to relax. TG618 took off at 1050 and we had an uneventful flight, landing at the Chengdu airport at around 1430. By 1530 we were negotiating for a van to take five people and luggage to Emei City. We finally settled on one for 800 Yuan for the two and a half hour trip, arriving at the Maple Hotel at around 1830. The hotel is exactly across from the north entrance to Southwest Jiaotong University, very convenient!
Mark and Seven met us at the hotel and after checking in and a few minutes to get organized we all went out for a “Welcome to Emei Dinner” at a local restaurant. Travel day was pleasant and we all went back to the hotel early to prepare for the following day at Emei Mountain.
3 April 2012, A Visit to Fuhu Temple
Since the Maple Hotel offers a free breakfast, Sunee and I get up early and enjoy the free breakfast such as it is. For Sunee it is just fine but one boiled egg and rice porridge does me absolutely no good. In fact, I gave her my egg.
After breakfast we walk over to our colleague and friend, Mark Hamilton, who will be signing up for another year at the university. We then go on campus to get our mobiles fixed up with Chinese sims. We do three mobiles so it takes about an hour or so to get everyone fixed up. Afterward we take a walk back to the main street, noticing that the rapeseeds were blooming as we stopped by the local market that Sunee and I had become so fond of. All was well at the market so we stopped by our favorite dumpling restaurant and had a dumpling breakfast (at least it was my breakfast). We then caught a bus to downtown to look for some new luggage to carry on the trip back. Sunee had already ordered a couple of weeks earlier one hundred Chinese boxes for her silk screens and she needed something to help carry them back to Thailand. Returned to the hotel and waited for the arrival of one of Sunee’s art teachers (Mr. Ai) from Leshan.
Mr. Ai came at around 1400 and together we took the bus to Fuhu Temple where we had a wonderful visit with our good friend Yanmiao and had a fantastic vegetarian dinner. It was good to see her and her colleagues again. We also set up a trip to the top of Emei Mountain when we returned from our Wutai Mountain adventure. After the visit we returned to Mark’s apartment to take care of some packing and preparing for our trip to Wutai Mountain. The end of our first full day at Emei Mountain and it was nice to be “home.”
Our hotel was right across from this area of Southwest Jiaotong University
The rapeseed was almost finished blooming all over the campus
Time for a little macro photography on campus
We truly miss this local market living in Bangkok. Great fresh produce every day.
We do not, however, miss this traditional of all Sichuan spices - mala!
What exactly is this hungry kid eating? Of course, it is a chicken foot.
Dumplings for lunch. It does not get any better than this! After lunch we catch a bus up to Fuhu Monastery on Emei Mountain to visit our close friends.
Meeting with our Fuhu Monastery friends.
Group photo of our visit
Of course, Mark is not a tourist since he lives at the university
We bid farewell to our friend Yanmiao and make our way back to our hotel
Just to prove how old the monastery really is, I took a picture of this tree.