|Gold foil 'sun bird' artifact|
Interesting, but still no pagodas! Last Saturday, two of my students offered to show us a tour of Chengdu which we happily agreed to take. They started at the Du Fu Thatched Cottage. Du Fu was a Tang Dynasty poet (712-770AD) who built a, you got it, thatched cottage here in Chengdu where he lived 4 years and wrote over 240 poems. It's now a beautiful park with koi ponds, bamboo, trees, paths, and.....
It is a serene and peaceful place--so different from the bustling city around it There are statues and stone steles with engravings of many famous poets of China. It was relaxing to see the people enjoying the beauty of nature.
And here it is...the famous thatched cottage. Not the original, but a replica built on the same spot.
|My students, Wendy (l) and Vivian (r)--their "English" names|
|Pet birds out for a "walk"--cages hanging in the trees|
There were also some whimsical soft sculptures, made of fabric over a metal frame in bright colors.
|Vivian & Wendy, our tour guides|
There were plenty of "traps" for tourists here. We suckered into a silly photo, and got an interesting lollipop. You first spin a wheel to see what the woman will make, then she pours hot, sugar syrup onto a cold marble slab in the design of what you spun, then she puts it on a stick, lets it cool, and hands you your treat!
|Made-to-order suckers--notice the spinner to see what you get.|
|Starbucks?----In the Qing Dynasty?|
|Buddhist Monks like to shop, too!|
|Mystery Meat on a stick--fish, squid, beef, pork....|
|and quail! They eat the whole thing, bones and all--crunch, crunch!|
|Wendy and Vivian were delighted to share their favorite snacks.|
After eating lunch, it is typical in Chengdu to have a rest. The mid-day break from school lasts 2-1/2 hours! So we'll take a rest here, too. Tune in next time for more of our tour of Chengdu with Wendy and Vivian!