Chengdu, China

 

Hi! Long time no post, but I am back in the States with my desktop – it turns out I really hate editing on my otherwise wonderful laptop.

Almost two years ago I went to China and I’ve started editing my photos from there, finally! First up, my first days in Chengdu.

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I visited the Wenshu temple, a Buddhist temple said to be established around 500 AD, thought it was destroyed by a fire at the end of the Ming Dynasty and rebuilt in stages, starting in 1681.

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The architecture was fantastic, and it was full of trees and green space.

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I had coffee there one morning and saw this adorable little kitten playing while its mother watched.

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An incredibly lovely latte presentation! It was an incredibly relaxing morning.

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There were beautiful, peaceful details like this throughout the entire temple.

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At one end of the temple was a small open building full of candles. People wrote on these cards and then tied them the bars which formed the walls.

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And a gorgeous lotus flower!

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It was wild to go from the peaceful inner temple onto the busy Chengdu streets. Chengdu is a medium-sized Chinese city of 10 million people.

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But there was still a lot of green space in Chengdu! And a lovely river running through very close to my hostel.

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The very first morning I was there, I walked by a group of women doing a beautiful dance with sticks and flags – one of them invited me to join in and I was able to do a few dances (quite badly!) with them.

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Finally, a street seen from the subway stop nearest the temple – a pretty accurate picture of all the ways people got around. I really loved Chengdu and I want to go back some day.

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