Sunday, May 20, 2007

Chengdu and Leshan

Day 1...

Travel Expenses
*** Total: 50RMB (Exclude Visa and Flight) ***
Chinese Visa: SGD$25
One Way Flight Singapore - Chengdu on Thai Airways: SGD$456
Accomodation @ Sim's Cozy: 25RMB
Local Transport, Food and Others: 25RMB

My flight on Thai Airways from Singapore to Chengdu. Finally I am on my way to my long awaited graduation trip!

Stayed in the popular Sim's Cozy Guesthouse in Chengdu, and the owner is actually a fellow Singaporean too

And they have a very nice garden and many other facilities, definitely a backpacker's haven

Wenshu old streets

In most cities in China, there are special lanes on roads for bicycles

Even traffic lights are catered to cyclists

Chengdu is currently constructing its very own metro lines, therefore causing many roads to be blocked off, and bus routes to be rerouted

Big Mao statue in front of Tianfu Square

I purposely took this during sunset so as to symbolise fall of communism?
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Day 2...

Travel Expenses
*** Total: 280RMB ***
Bus to Leshan and back: 43RMB + 42RMB (162km + 162km)
Boat Tour for Leshan Giant Buddha: 50RMB
Entry to Wuhou Temple: 60RMB
Accomodation @ Sim's Cozy: 25RMB
Local Transport, Food and Others: 60RMB

*Overland Distance Covered So Far: 324km

Took a trip to Leshan, where you can take a boat or land trip to see the famous Leshan Giant Buddha

My boat's name

Misty surroundings in the morning

Incredible Leshan Giant Buddha at 71 metres high!

It is the tallest stone Buddha statue in the world
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One of the "bodyguards" carved out by the sides of Leshan Giant Buddha

Leshan Giant Buddha with his "bodyguard"
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Long and narrow trail up the hill if you want to see Leshan Giant Buddha's head up close

Looking for some blessings before I embark on my Silk Road =)

Back to Chengdu for lunch at this very good restaurant recommended by locals for its noodles and tangyuan

As a fan of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, a trip to Wuhou Temple is a must!

Temple to remember the sworn brotherhood of Liu Bei, Guan Yu and Zhang Fei

Statues of the wise advisor, Zhuge Liang

Of the charismatic emperor of Kingdom of Shu, Liu Bei

Of the fierce general, Zhang Fei

And of cos the righteous and ever loyal Guan Yu

Guan Yu's legendary Green Dragon Crescent Blade

Straw hat and clothings worn during then to shelter themselves from rain

Small garden within the complex

One of many inventions by the intelligent Zhuge Liang, including this structure to store grains during war

And this interesting lock

Temple dedicated to Zhuge Liang

Alley thru bamboo forests on the way to see the tomb of Liu Bei

Standing in front of Liu Bei's tombstone in all due respect

More beautiful gardens


Nearby Jin Li Street

Interesting signs

Chinese styled buildings

Interesting "blow sugarman"! Sounds like a stupid direct translation from Chinese =P

Beautiful lady playing zither

Narrow streets

Entrance of People's Park

A commemoration tower for a bloody incident over a railway contract in 1911 that contributed to the end of the Qing dynasty

Outdoor karaoke

Locals playing chess

Square inside park where many activities are usually held

Dancing club =p

Interesting pets of Sim's Cozy Guesthouse, piglets!

And my favourite pets, cats =)

Planning an assault on my dinner haha

Day 3...

Travel Expenses
*** Total: 227RMB ***
Giant Panda Tour from Sim's Cozy: 70RMB
Entry to Wenshu Temple: 5RMB
Local Transport, Food and Others: 30RMB

Overnight Train from Chengdu to Xi'an: 122RMB
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                ~ Train Code: 2120
                ~ Type: Hardsleeper Lower Berth(Non-Aircon)
                ~ Departure: 1410
                ~ Arrival: 0743
                ~ Travel Time: 17Hrs 33Mins (842km)

*Overland Distance Covered So Far: 1,166km

Took a trip to Chengdu's Giant Panda Research Centre

To see the elusive Giant Pandas of cos! =)

Basically, they only love to eat

And sleep! lol

Eating is their favourite pasttime, and they are definitely very choosy!
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Walking thru bamboo forests

More adult pandas

Of cos a trip there must include a visit to see the baby pandas

Fighting baby pandas

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They are really cute and playful!
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Enough of ball? haha

You can also see the smaller size red panda

Keepers releasing some of them into the sanctuary

Skeleton of a giant panda

My final destination in Chengdu is Wenshu Temple

Many locals praying for blessings

Monks having their lunch


A dragon statue

Praying hall with many cushion seats

There are also tea houses within the complex for Sichuan old faithfuls

Near Wenshu Temple, you can try a local's favourite at this stall

Spicy liang fen!

Headed to Chengdu train station to take my overnight train to Xi'an

Crazily crowded with people!

This overnight train will take almost 18 hrs!

My snacks and book =)


  1. wow tooooooooo cute!!! I would like to take a look of the pandas too!

    I love Panda... and just bought a Panda Bag from the following Blogshop:

    Nice to meet you.