Today we took a two hour drive, boarded a boat and went to see the world’s largest buddha carved in a mountain. We were really excited about the giant buddha, but I have to say it was rather a let down. Unlike most of the other things I have written about, in this case I think the photos are more impressive than the actual Buddha. Despite the let down, our guide Jay, made sure we had a great day.
Today was our first time in the less touristy parts of China (except for the Buddha which was highly touristy) and we saw some interesting sites.
A quick stop at a tea farm to purchase my new favorite buckwheat tea. Jay pointed out the flooded rice fields and the terraced tea fields.
Finally we visited the ancient village of Haunglongxi. The real low point of the day were the toilets. I am getting used to squat toilets, bringing my own paper, and the piles of smelly used paper left in the corners as it can’t be flushed, but these stinky stalls didn’t even have doors. (And if that’s not enough, later that day we saw a woman in the lady’s room hold her boy so he could both pee and poop in the sink.)
Check out Haunglongxi:
The other highlights of short time in the more central part of China were the Panda Research Center, Sichuan Hot Pot, and Face Change Opera in Chengdu and in X’ian we visited the army of the Terracotta Warriors, the Wild Goose Pavilion and we walked on the X’ian city wall.
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