AnneMarie and Andrew

Annemarie and Andrew – Trekking Asia

Mt. Qingcheng & Dujiangyan

Mt. Qingcheng & Dujiangyan


Posted on May 27, 2014

For detailed information on how to do this trip see our tips section here. Months ago, back in the UK, I’d looked up places to visit in China by going through the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. One place listed was Dujiangyan Irrigation System. It looked quite out the way to visit, and it’s also something that’s not so impressive to look at. It is basically an engineering masterpiece which can only be understood...

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From Chengdu it is possible to visit both Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Irrigation System in a single day. Here’s how we did it: 1. At Chengdu North Station book a one-way ticket to Qingcheng (the end of the line). We went on the 8:30am train. Book a return train from Dujiangyan to Chengdu for around 6:30pm or later. We had time to eat a quick meal of noodles before leaving Dujiangyan. Book the train in advance! The train was...

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Sichuan Hot Pot


Posted on May 27, 2014

A speciality of Sichuan Provence is the hot-pot. It’s listed as a must do in the area and there’s plenty of restaurants in Chengdu which serve nothing but hot pot. After wandering around Chengdu all afternoon we were looking for somewhere to eat and saw one of these hot-pot eateries. We were looking curiously through the door and we were beckoned in. The tables were square, with benches on all four sides and a big hole in...

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Chengdu Panda Sanctuary

Chengdu Panda Sanctuary


Posted on May 27, 2014

Since our arrival in Chengdu the image of the panda has been everywhere. It takes the form of panda bags, magnets, cups and even a giant panda climbing up the nearby shopping plaza windows. Chengdu is at the heart of world research into pandas both giant and red. It is also the world leader into artificial insemination of pandas with the aim of trying to successfully breed giant pandas and then in the future prepare them to live in...

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Chengdu

Chengdu


Posted on May 26, 2014

We arrived in Chengdu train station at 8am on the train from Lhasa. Outside the train station is the entrance to the Chengdu Metro. Sheer bliss. We went down the escalator, paid 20RMB (20p) each for a ticket and stood on a pristine clean platform waiting for the train to arrive. It was cheap, clean, easy, fixed price for everyone and had no hawkers. Sheer bliss! A comfortable 20 minutes later we’d swapped metro lines to line 2...

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