Oh my gosh, talk about a crazy week. As I mentioned, Kevin and I decided to cancel our plane tickets for Saturday and hop on an overnight train Thursday night when Kevin got off work. This was an ill conceived plan and we’ve had an extremely hectic couple of days trying to get where we wanted to be. But we’re here now! No longer stranded! I have lots to share about this adventure, but first I want to discuss/share pictures of Chengdu before we left, as there were all kinds of New Year touches!
The first thing we noticed were the red lanterns that popped up all over the city. Many trees are also covered with holiday lights and other decorations.
Chengdu is starting to clear out as everyone heads home for the holiday. The stores and restaurants are closing and the traffic has really died down. These are the restaurants by our apartment. It was actually kind of difficult to find food the last few days we were there!
Stalls, carts and bazaars have popped up around town selling all kinds of festive red decorations. Grocery stores are currently having huge sales on food, so it’s a great time to shop (hoards of people aside).
All kinds of meats and sausages are hanging out to dry all over the city for CNY. In fact, I’m constantly hitting my head on them, which makes me feel bad for the people who have to eat food that has touched my hair! Whoops.
Also, there have been a lot of roosters lately. I’m not exactly sure the connection, but they’re everywhere. It’s kind of sad, actually. They’re all tied up and tripping over each other..
And then they’re hanging from trees. Oh well, I guess worse things happen with meat in America, but it’s just behind the scenes.
It’s a very festive time and we’re loving it! More information on our travel plans and info on traveling on CNY to come!