I’ve decided that I am fascinated with high speed bullet trains now. First off, the crew reminded me of the girls in Harry Potter from Beauxbaton’s Academy of Magic except Chinese. Hopefully somebody understands that reference…..it was awesome.
Second, it’s soooo efficient! Going 195 kilometers per hour straight through the mountains is a whole lot faster than any other form of transportation we had available. Not to mention the number of people it can transport. It was 200 Yuan for the tickets both ways. So I paid $33 total. Not a bad deal at all!
Third, the inside looked just like an airplane except you were given 5 times the leg room. SO SPACIOUS. Also, you could totally eat corn on the cob without getting weird looks. That's always a good thing.
Bullet train selfie. Dr. Cheng killin it in the back.
So we arrive in Chengdu, get off of the subway and walk around this cool shopping mall area. It kind of reminded me of a Michigan Avenue in Chicago type thing. I knowwwww we are standing in front of something that means something but I was running on like an hour of sleep from the night before so I was a little out of it by then. I don’t even know what to google to even try and find what it is. I know it is very relevant to all of your lives and you care oh so very very much about why this spot is important so I do apologize.
There are even giant fake pandas climbing up the sides of buildings. They reeeeeeeally like pandas here.
The Chinese version of the Liberty Tax advertisers. It is quite obvious that I was dysfunctional at this point in the day. We've seen tonsss of girls take pictures with peace signs like this. I just wanted to fit in I guess.
After walking around we got back on the subway to head to the youth hostel. When I found out that we were staying there, I might have been a liiiiiiittle apprehensive. I didn’t even tell my parents, I thought they would freak out and not let me go……if they could even do that from 7,632 miles away. Sorry mom and dad, I’m alive though!!!
After we checked into the hostel we went to explore a place called Zhaixiangzi Alley. It’s a famous little area that had a lot of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. I'm not sure why we bought cups shaped like a girl in a bikini and then took a picture with them, but we did. It was a really neat place to explore.
So in Chengdu they have this saying, pa er duo, which technically means, “soft ear” but they use it to describe husbands there. Like the husbands have soft ears because the wives are always twisting it in order to get him to do things. The way it was described to us made it seem like all of the wives in Chengdu rule everything basically. I thought it was pretty funny. It all goes back to how there are so many more men than women in China. If you manage to find a wife, you have to keep her happy I guess. So this is me with my husband and his ear is soft. I was still being dysfunctional.
So we took pictures in front of this temple (At least I think it was a temple. Wow, I’m really slacking on the facts this week.) There was a normal picture…..
......and then a not so normal picture. Oh yeah sure lady, I’ll totally hold your kid for a second so you can take snap a few pics. That’s cool. I feel like little girl should have been crying since she was just shoved into the arms of a weird looking stranger, but she was just happy as a lark. Okay then.
These paper puppet things are famous here and people were putting on a show with them. You could buy them at several shops in the area and they were super detailed and impressive.
So we arrived at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and were eager to see some pandas. Alright, the stupid solo pictures in front of things have to stop. It’s time for me to not be a tourist anymore.
So after that fun experience took a bus for forever and then the subway to get to the train station for our train that left to Chongqing at 5:17. We reunited with Dr. Cheng and exchanged stories and showed pictures from our weekends. We were looking through his pictures and all of the sudden a selfie of him with some ancient thing in the background popped up and we were dying. I could not stop laughing. It was even more hilarious when he said, “Oh yeah, that’s a selfie.” We’re never short on laughs. So after the 2 hour train ride we had to take the subway for another hour and a half. I’m grateful for public transportation and all but after this weekend, I don’t think I can get on a bus or subway for at least a week. There’s no way I’d survive if I actually live in a big city. I miss my car.
So, another weekend has come and gone. I really enjoyed the crazy adventure we had, it was definitely unforgettable, and I'm so glad we were able to spend the weekend hanging out with Lotus! Now I'm almost in the home stretch!