Chendgu and Sichuan province are highly recommend in all of the China travel books, and with my family visiting we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit! After a rare on time departure from Pudong we arrived in Chengdu late afternoon on Sunday. Whenever arriving to a new place, I always try to arrange an airport pick up from the hotel. Is this more expensive? Yes! Is it worth it? Yes! As a nervous traveler it’s less stressful to know that you’ll have a ride when you arrive!
We stayed at Mrs. Panda Hostel which was located right near the Li River and semi central Chengdu. The price was decent and the rooms were more like hotel rooms than hostel! The common area was very spacious and served beer and food!
Since we had all afternoon we decided to take the bus to the Wuhou Temple and Jinli Pedestrain Street. After exploring the temple and gardens we stopped for some snacks and overpriced beers before heading back to the hostel. We had the option to get our ears cleaned by the locals but decided to pass.
Since our hotel was near a university, the staff recommended a near by street with a variety of resturants. We decided on one that had a picture menu so that we didn’t end up with something strange! We ended up with standard Sichuan foods such as Mapo Tofu, green beans, egg plant, ribs, and some random cold meat dish. All in all it was delicious!