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Day 151: Marry My Child – Chengdu Edition

20 Jan

Today was such a good day!

We woke up around nine and moseyed our way downstairs for a breakfast (of French Toast with honey and fruit) and then over to Starbucks before we began our wanderings for the day.

After we had sated our needs, it was time for our trek to one of the parks Sichuan is famous for.

The weather was absolutely beautiful all day today so it ended up being perfect for our plans. After a bit of a walk we found ourselves in People’s Park – one of the best parks I’ve ever seen. Not only is people’s park beautiful, but it also has an amusement park, arts and crafts stations for kids, and lots of places for people to play in the grass (yes, we found one of the only places in China where people touch the grass and there aren’t signs saying “No walking. Shh! I’m growing!”

One of the most interesting things (culturally) to me about People’s Park was the group of middle-aged men and women literally advertising their children for marriage. Every day (but mainly on Fridays) parents show up and put up stats on their adult children on poles lining the park walkways. Parents keep up with these child-marriage stats in specialized books tallying up potential mates for their children who haven’t found a mate yet to their liking. It’s one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen!

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While we were in the People’s Park we stopped at a teahouse next to a pond and had cups of traditional tea. Ear cleaners and people offering massages harassed us when we first sat down but once we got them to go away we had a really pleasant time enjoying our tea. Another dream come true – Chinese tea in a teahouse in a park in Chengdu, Sichuan, China!

We found ourselves wandering through Jinli Street again before we made a stop in Wuhou Temple – a Three Kingdoms historical landmark and museum accompanied by another beautiful park with overhanging trees, lanterns, and stone pathways. Before heading back to the hostel we wandered through the Tibetan Quarter of town enjoying the beautiful weather and our relaxing day in Chengdu.

We hung out in the hostel for a little bit relaxing after our day of walking before heading back out for dinner. At the recommendation of the hostel, we decided to go to a nearby hot pot restaurant. It was absolutely delicious!

We’ve been comparing our time in Chengdu to our time in Guilin and have been a little disappointed by the change in pace but after today we realized we getting just as much adventuring and love out of this city as we did during our time in Guilin just of a different kind. We are both, however, loving our time here and all the relaxing, peaceful adventures we’ve had so far. We’re thrilled we have three more full days here!

Thanks for reading!

Alyssa

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