Sunday, April 7, 2013

Chengde, Take Three

For the third time, i went off to the nearby city of Chengde (not to be confused w/ Chengdu). Tomb Sweeping long weekend, and train tickets were sold out to Shanghai, Wuhan, Qingdao and Shijiazhuang. And i never even heard of Shijiazhuang before.

Well, Chengde's just a 4.5 hours away, which isn't so far unless you can only get standing room tix. Huh.

Anyhow, Yoyo's never been there before, so we hit it, and had quite a bit more fun than i was expecting. Pleasantly slept the first drizzly day away in the hotel. A barrage of Buddhist temples on the next. And a kind of boring last day in the Emperor's summer getaway grounds. Actually i knew it would be a bit dullsville, but if everyone who goes to Chengde wants to see the emperor's grounds, so be it.

Also, after all this overeating i'm getting a gut again. Lame.

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