Sunday December 2
The Bus Ride from Hell
We got off the boat in Chongqing and got on a bus for our 5 hour ride to Chengdu. Before leaving the city we had a brief city tour including two stops, the General Stillwell Museum and the Flying Tiger Museum.
George Leads Us off the Boat in Chongqing
We learned on our tour that Chongqing is known as the London of China and the "City of Fog". It is located on a shallow estuary of the Yangtze. There are no pedal bikes allowed in Chongqing because the terrain is steep and hilly. Everything in Chongqing is transported by bangbang men using bamboo poles carried on their shoulders. One hundred thousand of these porters perform heavy labor 12 hours for a daily earning of 20 yuan (about $2.50).
Foggy Chongqing Hillside
Our first stop in Chongqing was the General Stillwell Museum. Chongqing was used by the US as their base of operations during WWII. The museum was nicely landscaped and set on a cliff above the river.
General Stillwell Museum
General Stillwell’s War Room
Chongqing is a city of steep streets with sharp switchbacks. As we navigated our way along these narrow, winding streets, our bus driver would honk as we came to each curve. This was done as a warning to all people in the streets. There is no snow in the winter it, but it is possible to go without seeing the sun for 30 days.
Chongqing Street View
From the Bus Windshield
“Minus 5” Rest Area
After a long rough ride we finally arrived in Chengdu. The city, which is over 3,000 years old, has a modern, Western flavor, and is more reminiscent of Shanghai than any other city we have visited. The Jing Jang Hotel where we are staying is rated 4 star by the Chinese. Unfortunately we are staying in an outer building and it is a bit of a hike to the main hotel, where all the services are located.
Supper was at a local restaurant, and then we had a short time to explore the shops in the area. Keith decided to sit on the bus instead of shop. While waiting he spotted an RV parked in the middle of the road. It is the first and only RV we have seen in China. We did not think it could be used for Western style RVing, as there are no campgrounds, and consequently no camping in China. Keith photographed the writing on the side of the vehicle, but has not been able to find anyone to translate it.
Will Someone Translate This For Me, Please?