Chengdu Day 3.
‘Three days and you guys already need a break?’ Yeah, we’re lame.
Heck no we’re not. Rude. You have no idea just how many stairs are at Leshan Buddha. No wonder they carved him into the side of the mountain. The thought of carrying all those rocks up to the top is enough to make anyone drop dead.
So day three, we schedule time for a break. And by break we mean go to a bamboo forest (Wangjianglou Park, 20 RMB. Highly recommend) and have a photo scavenger hunt…followed by a more break-type thing of drinking tea, while watching people get there ears cleaned (apparently, it’s a big deal in Sichuan).
Anyway, bamboo forest. That sounds pretty cool, right? Yeah, no kidding, it was.
Favorite photos. Go!:
After the 30-minute long scavenger hunt (criteria: patterns, chinglish sign and serenity), which turned into an hour-long scavenger hunt (silly, Josh. Who could possibly do a half-hour long scavenger hunt? Maybe a three-year-old…), we found a little tea garden, where we just sat and drank tea, for like, an hour. We were so tired.
While enjoying our hot beverage of green leaves, we were solicited to a nice ear-cleaning several times. While we turned down this highly favorable offer, these guys didn’t:
Eventually, we decided we should move and draining the last drop of tea and bite of GORP (trail mix) we took another gander through the park, where we heard this humming. As we kept walking deeper into the forest, the humming grew louder and louder. What was this strange humming? It sounded like a million wasps trapped in a honey jar.
As we turned the corner we discovered the most AMAZING YO-YO TRICKS EVER, performed by a group of men (and one lady) that were probably in their 60′s (we’ll most of them). Seriously, it was SO cool, I took about 500 photos. What can I say, I was impressed. Clearly.
After seeing these amazing middle-aged toy dabblers perform their tricks, we were certain there was nothing left in Chengdu that remained to impress us.
Ha. What novices, what fools. I can almost here some random famous Chinese guy laughing at us, “To think that giant pandas, giant buddhas and elderly folks spinning tops like two-year-olds playing the dradel is all China has to offer. As if. We do have a history thousands of years old, you know.’
Honestly, it should have come as no surprise, when later in the day, we stumbled upon a back room that led to a half-hour long tea ceremony and face-changing performance. For only 30RMB we sipped on some phenomenal buckwheat tea while watching all this take place:
Yeah, these Sichuan people. They sure do know what they’re doing.
Before catching our train to our second destination, Xi’an, we made one more round to Jinli for final gift purchases and a second-round of snacks. I mean, who wants to waste time sitting at a train station when there’s a city full of acrobats tumbling and performing tricks everywhere you turn?
Another hour or two perusing, a few more snack samples (spicy tofu, Sichuan-style egg rolls and dumplings) and then we were gathering up our stuff and on our way to the train station.
Xi’an bound and on our way to see some warriors. Little did we know just how many warriors, we were about to face…