Wuhou Temple, Sichuan Spices, and Pandamonium (couldn’t resist)

March 21, 2014

Driving across Chengdu is more exciting for some than others.

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Not all the personal transport is pedal powered or features open-air seating.  There are a remarkable number of German luxury cars, and we passed a one-stop-shopping dealership for Morgan, Lamborghini, and Aston Martin cars!  We are in a land of contrasts, eh?!

Chengdu’s Wuhou Shrine honors the history of the Shu kingdom from the Three Kingdoms Period, and the temple was restored in 1672.  You know you’re in a country with an enduring history when the restorations were completed over a century before the founding of the USA.


Nate is deliberate about creating the right shot, and the kids were busy all day with the shrine visit and the pandas.


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We then walked around the adjacent and ancient Jinli street area for shopping and snacking with a Tibetan influence.  There were several monks strolling around.



After snacking comes — what else? — lunch.  The teachers from the Chengdu school ordered a spicy menu of Sichuan specialities.  Most of us find these spices to be hot but manageable, and very flavorful.  here’s Annelise enjoying the spices.  Shortly after this shot was taken she discovered the American spice Pepto Bismol.  Don’t worry, M&D, she’s fine now!  🙂


These kids are great. We have a super crew of eight kids from four countries: USA, South Korea, Spain, China.  While they waited for the food, they resumed their assigned journaling, without a nudge from us.  They frequently remember that their vacation was over a week ago and that this Four Point journey truly is academic time.

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We were super lucky with our panda viewing.  Holy smokes, this was a treat!  I’ve seen the pandas at the National Zoo in Washington several times, and these pandas at the Chengdu breeding center were far more animated and visible.  Your kids will have some super videos to show you of the young bears playing and climbing up and down trees

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Group Panda

Now they’re off with their host families for the weekend… brave kids, eh?!  We’ll have some reduced blogging the next couple days until we reunite on Monday morning.  Enjoy your weekend in the beautiful new snow.


One Response

  1. Avatar Bethany says:

    Thank you Mr. Riley,

    Really appreciate seeing the posts. It will be a long weekend with no updates. Try to bring back the warm weather when the group returns.

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