Visit to Chengdu and Jinli Ancient Street
15.03.2011 - 15.03.2011 40 °F
We left Bangkok at the normal Thai Airlines Flight TG618 which was at 1045 and arrived to Chengdu at the expected time of 1400. Xiao Lin and her husband were waiting for us at the airport, which was a surprise. They helped us rent a couple of taxis to take us to our hotel next to Southwest Jiaotong University. We told Xiao Lin we would come back later as we were scheduled to leave for Taiyuan early in the morning.
We got to our hotel at around 5 PM, checked in and immediately got a couple of taxis to Jinli Ancient Street. Both Sumalee and Supaporn (Sunee's sisters) wanted to do some shopping and looking the first night in China. Sumalee and Jesse (her son) had never been to China before. They brought along with them the GoPro Hero camera I had ordered so I stuck it on Jesse's head and put it in video mode to test out its capabilities.
Jesse and the GoPro ready for movies. The evening was spent walking around Jinli street, shopping, eating and taking pictures and movies. I think everyone had a pretty good time. As for me, I took pictures but, alas, I was only duplicating what I had taken many times before as we have come to this street a dozen times in the three years I taught at the Emei branch of the university. I have to do something to keep myself busy.
Oh, did I mention the temperature was cold?
An evening well spent, but we had to get back to the hotel and get ready for a 0400 wake up and 0500 leave, because our flight left really early the next morning. A pretty good introduction to China for a couple of new comers, I would think. Tomorrow the adventure begins!