C is for Chengdu

We visited several Chinese cities in 2006, including Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province (see also S is for Shanghai). From here, we also made a side trip to Leshan to see the 1200 year old, 71m high Buddha carved into the rock face. We were only able to view it from a river boat, although other tourists were climbing up to the crown. Wannian and Baoguo Temples were also from this trip; Wenshu Temple and the River View Pavilion are in Chengdu which is also where we saw the folk art concert with the Chengdu Faces. The dancers wear masks which they change imperceptibly – though you can see one making a mistake in this YouTube video. Since then, Chengdu has become very familiar to John because he travels there regularly on business – fortunately not suffering from the aftermath of food poisoning as he was on this first trip! We’ll blame another city for that.

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20 thoughts on “C is for Chengdu

  1. Birgit April 4, 2014 / 18:39

    Hoe beautiful actually-Love your pics:)

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  2. Kathryn April 4, 2014 / 13:33

    Wow, it looks amazing. I’ve not made it to China yet but one day…

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  3. cvail April 4, 2014 / 10:53

    Anabel, My girls and I loved Chengdu when we visited. We were on our way to Tibet! We loved the show, especially!

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    • Anabel Marsh April 4, 2014 / 16:53

      Ah, Tibet! I have a whole other story about that, but it’s far too long for A to Z. Some day it will see the light of day.

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  4. Travelling Book Junkie April 4, 2014 / 00:12

    What amazing photos. I would love to spend time exploring China and I enjoy taking time to wander around temples, especially ones that look like the ones above. 🙂

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    • Anabel Marsh April 4, 2014 / 07:13

      Thank you! I agree, temples are fascinating. Full of interesting sights – and smells with all the incense burning.

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      • Travelling Book Junkie April 4, 2014 / 11:16

        We spend hours exploring religious sites when we are travelling which is strange as we are not religious ourselves but there is something very soothing about some of these locations.

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        • Anabel Marsh April 4, 2014 / 16:54

          No, I’m not religious either, but I find the customs fascinating.

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  5. Tarkabarka April 3, 2014 / 21:33

    Oh wow, this looks gorgeous! I would love to visit China some day.

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  6. Eli April 3, 2014 / 19:35

    Have not been to mainland China yet, but it looks very tempting:-) And your post makes it not less tempting. Great collage and chose for “C”. Happy atoz blogging:-)

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  7. Calli D April 3, 2014 / 18:25

    Great choice for C – all of these are so new to me as we haven’t made it to Asia yet. I love the opera photo in your collage, so colourful!

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    • Anabel Marsh April 3, 2014 / 18:38

      It was very colourful, and I still can’t work out how they manage to change their masks so quickly.

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  8. Lori L MacLaughlin April 3, 2014 / 17:44

    The carved Buddha is amazing! I’ve always wanted to see the Great Wall of China. I think it would be just a spectacular sight. Maybe someday…

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    • Anabel Marsh April 3, 2014 / 17:48

      It is – would have featured on Day 2 if B had been for Beijing rather than Bangkok!

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  9. Ashley @ A Southern Gypsy April 3, 2014 / 17:16

    Great choice for ‘C’. I haven’t made it to China yet but can’t wait until I do. Good thing he hasn’t gotten food poisoning since 🙂

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    • Anabel Marsh April 3, 2014 / 17:28

      He’s quite good at getting food poisoning, as he’ll eat anything! Me, I’m more cautious and also a veggie which is generally safer.

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