2 Apr 2017

MY TRIP TO CHENGDU, CHINA


My family and I went to Chengdu China for business trip and it was fun because Mr Pocoyo is bigger and we do not need baby stroller anymore,  things were much easier compared to his previous trip (he was only 10 months old when he went to China for the first time). 

I've been to China and Hong Kong for many times and most of them were a business trip but this time around when we were in Chengdu, it was totally a different experience. I guessed that it was because of Chengdu has a different culture compared to Shenzhen, Guangzhou or Beijing.


While the Mr. Boyfriend and I were busy with checklist for meeting and so on, the little boy was just busy imagining the panda, panda and panda.


Flight was around 9am and it took approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes to reach Chengdu from KL. Not bad.


It was cloudy on the day we arrived. 



Chengdu is the 3rd largest city in China after Beijing and Shanghai. 








At Chengdu Airport, taking picture before heading to the hotel.


These two were heading to the convenience store to get a local SIM card.

Those eyes :D 



Volkswagen  is the official taxi and meter equipped.  I want our Mr Prime Minister to see this :p
Holiday Inn Chengdu :) 

The hotel is approximately 10km from the airport. This hotel is located in the main city so we walked around conveniently. 



View from the 18th floor , our room's window



Chengdu at Night. It was good to stay at the high floor of Holiday Inn.


Just some of the interesting places in Chengdu:
Tianfu Square. Place for shopping and train station. 



The statue of Mao Zedong (毛澤東) as the landmark of Chengdu. It's walking distance from the hotel.

Don't forget to visit the Sichuan Museum of Science and Technology when you are visiting Chengdu. 

According to wikipedia Mao Zedong (毛澤東) is regarded as one of the most important individuals in modern world history. He ended the imperialism out of China, modernising China and building it into a world power, promoting the status of women,improving education and health care, and increasing life expectancy as China's population grew from around 550 to over 900 million during the period of his leadership. He is also known as a theorist, military strategist, poet, and visionary... that's all I want to say about Mao Zedong. You're welcome :D  


Tianfu Square is right in front of the statue . 
It is always crowded at Tianfu Square. Food outlets are available at the basement - McDonalds, subway etc.. 
My babies. They were heading for dinner at Tianfu Square.
Beautiful cars and exquisite architectural. 

 基督教上翔堂 Shang Xiang Christ Church, Chengdu



Landmark of Tianfu Square, the spiral deco. 


Sichuan Science and Tech Museum

One of the most exciting thing to do in Chengdu is visiting the Panda Center.



Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding .. nah, that's too long. If you are in Chengdu, you do not need to say the whole sentence. All you need to say is Xiong Mao and the taxi driver will take you there, but you have to remind them whether you are going to the nearest or the farer center because there are two different panda center in Chengdu. Tips to go to Panda Center, do not use the taxi that is waiting in front of your hotel. They charged higher, ask 2 or 3 taxi drivers to compare the prices. We almost conned. There are always taxis available outside the Panda Center so you don't need to charter a taxi but it is always the best to visit that place early morning like 9am.

Panda Center aka xiong mao de ti fang (I learned the 'xiong mao' words in China :D ) 


The giant panda is really big and beautiful. The best time to visit the breeding center is in the morning - while the pandas are having breakfast, because of Pandas love to sleep after meals.

Lazy panda. Eat until couldnt move.




 the panda was enjoying the paparazzis. 



Cuteness overload :)



Red panda and peacock, they're friends.

There are not many red panda in Chengdu, mostly the ordinary panda. Some days, you can't see the red panda because they aren't caged. 

Bamboo trees are everywhere in the breeding center. Seems like this place isnt suitable for those people on wheelchair due to split level and stairs.


Kids fav place.



It's a toilet .. wth

The toilet functions panel :/


PANDA SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY CENTER, that's little pocoyo near the stairs @_@ 

It was crowded that day.


As if never seen koi before.




In the taxi otw back to the hotel.




Underground Tunnel

Otw to People's Park

Please read because I walked a long way to get this pic. Thanks.

Chinese in Chengdu is the new black. JK.

Old Building but one of them is owned by Starbucks










IFS Mall 



Shopping in Chengdu be like T_T 



IFS Building, roof top garden

Flagship Stores of high-end brands are everywhere in Chengdu, anyway, wholesale shopping is still available in different buildings. Some are located at the underground shopping place.

In my opinion, trip to Chengdu is fun because the transportation system is very friendly, every taxi are metered, police officers are always patrolling. We even used the speed train to explore Chengdu by our own.

In the speed train.

In my opinion, trip to Chengdu is fun because the transportation system is very friendly, every taxi are metered, police officers are always patrolling. We even used the speed train to explore Chengdu by our own.

Someday, we'll return to Chengdu to visit the Irrigation System ( Dujiangyan Irrigation Centre) that was constructed 256 BC. There are simply too many places to visit in Chengdu. Pic of  Dujiangyan is taken from Wikipedia. 



You can see our food experience in Chengdu HERE.

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FOOD IN CHENGDU - Chengdu Trip Review

Hello...

I separated the blog post into two because I don't prefer to have a overly lengthy blog post. I posted about Chengdu previously. Click HERE to read them.

Chengdu is different than any other places in China. They serve oily spicy food everywhere. Even the snacks or the street food. But dont worry, if you don't like spicy food like me and my fam, you'll still survive here.


We ordered 3 types of noodles and they all were very spicy. 
We didn't eat these, the daddy ate half of his portion. The little kid and me ate 2 or 3% of the portion and we headed to McD. 



Seeing the McD sign was delightful. Teeeeheee heeeeee.. we weren't walking to McD, we ran Hahahaha.. 



Local delicacies 




Food Price




Chengdu delicacies - too many choices






Kuih

Cuties.




My Fave

Ewwwwwww!! The locals love these.





Most eewwwww!

duck and dumpling, the tomato soup was nice. !





Bought this from the nearest convenient store. Cheap milky tea.

Oily and Spicy. We had a dinner cum meeting and our host trid to impress us with this spicy food.


street food, spicy tofu


Spicy Spring Rolls 



Fruit Seller 



Halal street food.

FYI, there are plenty of Halal restaurants in Chengdu. The biggest one is located  near the IFS Mall.  

The best moment when we found Subway. 


In Chengdu, non-smoking eating place is easily available. Subways are all non-smoking.
The best thing is the workers are strict and police will be called if the diners are not following the rules. :D 

Korean Food is always a good alternative :D


Served with rice at the Korean Food Restaurant. 


Big fans of Gong Cha. 



My pearl milky tea? Nope.. it's mine  ^_^  


Chillies... Hell Noooooo..





Got a long list of starbucks lover... *sing this*



We love this :D



This is authentic less spicy local food, dried marinated long beans. 


Pumpkin Rice

Tofu


Dinner was always free. Thank you Boss! 

My previous post about Chengdu is available HERE.

Thanks for reading!