Archive for 'CHINA'

October 01

For the Great Wall, we wore our panda hats, but when Tien went home, we sent the panda hats with her. I was sad to not have my panda hat when we went to Chengdu, but that may have been a better idea. *_*  Can’t compete with the REAL pandas!!!!  This is the Panda Research and Reserve Center in Chengdu. It houses about 80 of the cutest pandas I’ve ever seen. All the pandas have names that are doubled….so Ling Ling, Ting Ting, Po Po. So cute. I bought a little stuffed panda for my collection at home, and named it Jin Jin. In Chinese, it’s actually Qian Jin, which means “princess,” but since i wanted a double name, it will be Jin Jin instead!

This panda is my favorite. He eats and eats, and just looks like the happiest drunk man on earth. 
they eat, play, sleep. what a life…oh wait, that’s what I’m doing right now! hehehe
we found a starbucks in chengdu, and i couldn’t resist a drink and this pic

On Chengdu, I absolutely love this place. Our hostel was amazing!!! The Traffic Inn booked all the tours for us, and then they also got us into Tibet!!! One of the reasons we came to Chengdu was because this is the port city to get into Tibet. However, up until then, everything we tried and everyone we talked to, told us that Tibet was out of the question, and that they were not accepting permits until late October. Traffic Inn got us permits within 3 days, and we were so happy that we got in!!! They even got us a really good tour guide, and made sure that we had extra days to stay in Tibet so that we can roam on our own! 

Sichuan food is numbingly spicy. When I say numb, i mean NUMB. You cannot feel your lips after a few bites. We had this noodle dish, which looked so amazingly appealing, and I started inhaling it. Within a few bites, i realized that my shirt was wet from sweat, my eyes were tearing up to almost a sob, and my lip were puffy like I just had botox. This has to be the spiciest dish i have ever had in my life….and yet i couldn’t stop eating it. The reason for the cuisine being this spicy is because the Sichuan province is a very wet province. It rains all the time, and in order to acclimate against the wetness, people eat spicy to not get sick. The hot pot here is supposed to be the best but in Beijing, we had the spicy hot pot one night that was divided into two sides: the hot side, and the even hotter side. I was later told in Chengdu that the hot pot i had was actually Sichuan style, so i actually did get to have Sichuan hot pot, just not in the province.

I took this picture after i mixed everything together and tried to eat it. Deceiving, isn’t it?
The smog here is unbelievable. Of the top 20 cities in the world for smog, China takes up 16 of them!! Chengdu is top of the list as well, which is why the sunsets and sunrises are o beautiful. It looks like a watercolor painting, but the reason for it is less than appealing!
alleyways of Chengdu at night
People’s Park
Tea infused into the lemon. We had no idea how to drink this, but when we did, it was amazing.

We walked a million miles (5 km actually) in one day. We went to People’s Park to have tea in the teahouse there. It was quite nice since all the bamboo chairs were out. I wanted to see the old men with their songbirds, but it was not to be. There were old men, yes….but they were spitting and playing cards, not tending to their songbirds. The tea was amazing though, and was a great refresher for the day. Then we went in search of the Bookworm, a hip bookstore in Chengdu that supposedly carries a ton of English books, has wi-fi, and a fun travel vibe. It took us almost 3 hours to find it, and when we did, we devoured the place in an hour buying books and eating in the cafe…and then hurried back to catch the 44 hour train to Lhasa, Tibet!

September 28

The Great Wall of China is one of the great man made wonders of the world, and top of my list for this trip. We have already been to Machu Picchu in Peru, did Angkor Wat in Cambodia last month, and now, climbing the Great Wall in China….and of course, we do it in style!!!

Mutianyu is the part of the wall we chose to climb. It’s 90 km north of Beijing and stretches about 2 km long. It is less touristy than Badaling and the scenery is top notch. We saw a bunch if panda hats the day before and thought they were super cute. We saw them again walking up, and each bought one for pics!


On the wall, we were attempting to do jumping pictures. This really cute couple asked to help take the picture for us instead of us using a self timer. We also did a jumping picture for them, and i think theirs is better than ours!! Tien took this picture of me in a panda hat…taking a picture of them…and it makes me laugh every time I see it. The girl is so cute, and the guy is just hilarious with his ballerina jump and China hat!!!

stretching to climb the Great Wall!!!
Kat slid into full split after this shot! *_*
see no panda, hear no panda, speak no panda
love this set tien took of kat and i
a pic of the whole Great Wall
literally climbing the great wall!!!
 falling off the great wall
panda FAIL *_*
September 24

September 23

I stand out in China in this outfit. I fit in a lot better in Southeast Asia where the weather is wicked humid and hot. Flying in, I didn’t anticipate the weather to be a nice 75 degrees F with not much humidity at all. It’s actually quite similar to California. Here, all the women are covered from head to toe in something. I found it really interesting, watching the women dress. Many are dressed like I normally would in the States, but all bare legs are covered with pantyhose if they are wearing shorts or skirts. More than being conservative, they just don’t want their skin to be exposed to the sun. Although Vitamin D is great, it isn’t as important as preserving their porcelain skin. As dark as I am right now, I was quite surprised to get so many Chinese locals coming up to me, and telling me I look Chinese. They would gesture to my features and say “face is Chinese.” I had this effect on the Thais, the Laotians, and the Vietnamese. Guess I’m adapting to each country better than I thought!

H&M halter, pants from Thailand, bag from Laos, Old Navy flip flops, Aldo sunglasses