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Salsa, karaoke, chequers and poem writing

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Tam may have found an alternative profession as a hairdresser after this morning's first task of chopping my hair into more reasonable shape! After a very leisurely breakfast we wandered out into Chengdu. First stop - train station to book some tickets for our future travels. Then People's Park. Here I'm a little stumped at where to begin. For such a small place it seemed to embody all the amazing oddities of these people. There were quiet little courtyards for meditation and poem writing, a lake for boating.... all sounds pretty normal so far right? Then we stumbled across five or six public dance classes within a few metres of each other, each playing very loud music and competing with each other as to the expertise of the dancers. A few meters on, cue the karaoke and men playing chequers, seemingly unaware of the riot of noise going on around them. In short, a rather bizzare little place!

After attempting to help some fellow foreigners find some sights to see in this city (and pointing them in the direction of the park!), we wandered onwards towards a bunch of outdoor shops in search of some more trousers for Tammy. Then to a monastry for 6pm to listen to the monks chanting - either they were very quiet or not punctual at all as we heard nothing! Back towards the hostel to find a restarant for food After managing to decipher the menu (very proud of ourselves) we were forced to leave, owing to the drunk (and a little sleazy) Chinese man that seated himself at our table intent on making conversation with us despite the language barrier. So back to the hostel for another very cheap and home cooked Chinese dinner.

Photos to come later tonight, we hope! Tomorrow, onwards to the much anticipated Yunnan Province and Lijiang!! We can't wait!!

Jo xxxx

Posted by Tam-Jo 06:07 Archived in China Tagged chengdu

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Yay - photos! Well done! Looks like all 3 of you (Patch included!) are having a great time. What a shame you had to leave the restaurant when you'd spent the time deciphering the menu! Better luck next time. Have a safe journey tomorrow. We don't know what's at the Yunnan Province or Lijiang but we look forward to hearing all about it. Loads of love, Mum and Dad xxxx

by Mum and Dad (Ven)

Love your photos! You seem to be having a good time with a few unexpected challanges! Hope you are have a good day today. Tons of love Mom and Trev xxxx

by cathy hodgson

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