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7 Luohansi St, JieFangBei ShangQuan, Yuzhong Qu, Chongqing Shi, China, 400065
This temple was built over 1,000 years ago and it's still one of the major Buddhist temples in the region. It once housed more than 70 monks, but that number is less these days. I find the most interesting feature of this temple is the...
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Chongqing's Ciqikou, or "Porcelain Port," is a buzzy area that is a hotbed for migrants, expats, and artists. There are a lot of little shops—some more touristy than others—and eventually the road leads down to some hostels and a cool restaurant...
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414 Provincial Rd, Qijiang Qu, Chongqing Shi, China
Also known as the Black Valley, this site is both gorgeous and mysterious. It has lush vegetation and waterfalls, and air that is misty and clean; the silence inside is almost deafening. It's very easy to get to, even by public bus, although...
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3 Hufang Rd, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
While visiting Beijing on a Fulbright over the summer, we were given the opportunity to attend a traditional Peking Opera. Though the show was entirely in Mandarin, it was highly entertaining and lively. The vibrant colors of the venue, coupled...
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China, Chongqing Shi, Yuzhong Qu, LiangLuKou, 学田湾正街 邮政编码: 400065
Sichuan peppercorns are a big deal in Chongqing, so it's a must to buy a fresh bag before going home. Don't buy them pre-packaged at a generic tourist shop; instead, head to the Ciqikou neighborhood, which has an area packed with dozens of little...
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No one can say they've visited Chongqing if they haven't crossed the Yangtze River by cable car. The views of both the city and the river are so worth it, in my opinion—even if you are, like me, a little scared of cable cars. You can get on right...
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China, Chongqing Shi, Jiulongpo Qu, HuangJuePing, 邮电路搬运东村10号-77 邮政编码: 400060
Chongqing commissioned over 800 students, painters, and workers to paint "Graffiti Street" over a period of 150 days. Starting at the Huangjueping Railway Hospital, the paintings extend almost a mile, covering most of the buildings. It's no...
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Jinjiang, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
At this panda sanctuary outside of Chengdu, China, pandas live a great life. They sleep. They eat. They just look cute all of the time!
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Xiong Mao Da Dao Xi Duan, Jinniu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng, China, 610016
I was a bit nervous to see my China tour included a visit to Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Center. I dislike the idea of zoos, and I have heard many a horror story about Asian zoos in particular. The day I visited the pandas I was skeptical but...
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27 Kuanxiangzi, KuanZhai XiangZi TeSe ShangYeJie, Qingyang Qu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng, China, 610071
The Chinese take their tea seriously. A meal at Zifei, a courtyard restaurant on Wide Street in Chengdu, begins with an acrobatic tea ceremony.
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Shizhong, Leshan, Sichuan, China
I didn't know what to expect from the largest stone Buddha in the world. But here is some good perspective. Those people at the front are maybe HALF of one of his toes. The place was incredibly spiritual, even with the thousands of tourists in the...