Chengdu: Our accommodation
A city famous for the Panda Sanctuary.
As we explore the city before we make our way to the Panda Sanctuary, we found Chengdu to be quite a “chill” city, people we sitting by the river side sipping tea, eating sweet potatoes, and chewing sugar cane.
Most foreigner come here as a port of entry Tibet.
Our first close encounter with a local
We thoroughly loved the hostel we stayed in as well, it was our first interaction with a ‘true local’. She worked in the hostel we live in. She was ambitious, she’s from a small village outside of Chengdu, her English was immaculate compared to the rest. And was eager to speak to us, to practice her English.
She wanted to travel, the furthest she ever been is to Shanghai. Passports were not a commodity, let alone visas for different countries.
She reminded us how lucky we were. For the things we took for granted. The life we live. It’s valuable lessons like these, that makes our travel worthwhile.
Here’s a little snippet of our accommodation in Chengdu.
First things first, of course, it’s the food. 🙂
Food culture is quite a big thing in China, on our first meal, we were taken to a fancy restaurant, in a private room setting with Kuang (our friend from Shanghai who lives in NZ)’s family and his extended family.
We didn’t know what to expect.
As we we entered the room, they clapped to welcome us. During the dinner, each ‘elder’ or ‘parents’ would give a toast, to the guest of honor. In this case, Kuang, Angela(his partner), Sam(my partner) and I. It was quite an interesting experience.
PS. They ordered quite a few dishes.. including Deep friend Snake!!!! It tasted like KFC but let fatty.
I’m glad we experience China the way we did, with our friend Kuang, their family were so kind and generous and went above and beyond to make sure we had a great experience… (More on this on a later post)