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CuseTiger
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China Trip Review: Beijing, Mianyang, Chengdu
Taken me long enough to do this so here we go. This is from a trip I took to Beijing. Overall have to say Chengdu was my favorite place, Beijing was very overpopulated, lots of pollution and the people didn't seem as nice. Picture heavy review so beware if you're on mobile.

Part 1: Beijing
Flew from Dallas to Beijing nonstop (12 hour flight), got through customs and attempted to find a taxi. Got sent to several different taxi stands, after 20 minutes someone helps me with the right line. Get up to the taxi and the driver starts screaming at me in chinese and waving his arms like he was not going to take me. Cops come over and an argument pursues for about 5 minutes so another taxi shows up and the guy won't take me either. Finally on the 3rd try I am able to catch a cab and head to the hotel by Peking university. Once at the hotel this is my view for the next week

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After sleeping about 15 hours, I wake up sunday morning and head off to summer palace, Tienanmen square and forbidden city for a day of exploration. Summer palace is the getaway for everyone from the city on the outskirts of town so it was pretty crowded. Hired a tour guide for 200 yen ($30ish) so I could learn what was so important about the palace grounds.

Tour guide walking around
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People doing tai chi
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Really nice water lillies
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There is a huge lake there but the day I went the pollution was bad as seen in the photo below
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Once my tour was over, I went to Tienamen square and forbidden city. Took the subway down and it was very clean, interesting thing was that they X-ray everything that goes into the subway (similar to TSA). Once at Tienanmen, had to wait a half hour to get through more security and finally was there
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They set up a choreographed water show at the main gate which was cool, have a video of it but will have to find where to upload it. Other interesting observation is everyone's obsession with Mao over there. He is on all of their money
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So still in Tienanmen, there's some huge cool buildings from the old dynasties. There are no trees on the side of Tienanmen because it was thought that intruders would use them to climb in and assassinate the leader. Tienanmen is actually connected to Forbidden city so it's very easy to go from one to the other. Here's some pics from inside forbidden city
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Once done with forbidden city, do not do what I did and try to find the nearest subway station. It was a 45 minute walk from there to the nearest station, I should have just taken a bus but didn't want to be lead astray in Beijing...

So the conference begins and it's a very well organized conference. After a few days, they had set up a trip to see the great wall. I had no idea the steps were so large and the span of it is amazing
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Very steep...
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Beijing is a very crowded place, people, bikes, cars, trucks, tuk tuks all on one road
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Some food from the conference dinner, fish with their heads still on
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Photo of Peking University
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Photos from a bus ride on the outskirts of town
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One thing I noticed is that there are some sayings that get lost in translation. Here is one, more to follow
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Part 2: Mianyang
Since this conference was for neutron radiography, there was a review workshop in Mianyang. This town is a military town that was only recently opened (last 10 years ish) to non-military. Had a nice early morning flight on Air China out of Beijing. The airport itself is huge, so many people and long check-in lines.
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Once in Mianyang, it was spent touring the city. Very nice town
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Still a little hazy
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Dinners always had these rotating tables, makes it very easy to constantly move around and sample whatever is put on
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Another sign lost in translation. This was in the hotel...
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This was amusing
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Best dinner food is hotpot. Basically a giant pot of boiling water that you add spices, chicken, beef, etc to it and flavor as you'd like. At one point I added noodles and couldn't get them out so the waitress comes over, uses my chopsticks and calls me "Big baby"
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This post was edited on 8/15 at 4:56 pm


AbitaFan08
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re: China Trip Review: Beijing, Mianyang, Chengdu
Damn Cuse that looks like an amazing trip. I'm jealous buddy.


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re: China Trip Review: Beijing, Mianyang, Chengdu
How was the food? What are some things you recommend?


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HoustonGumbeauxGuy
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re: China Trip Review: Beijing, Mianyang, Chengdu
Yes!!!

Will add to sticky


dallastiger55
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re: China Trip Review: Beijing, Mianyang, Chengdu
Thats awesome dude, thanks for sharing.


I have a really stupid question- Does the fact that its a communist country have any affect on a normal person like you visiting?


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re: China Trip Review: Beijing, Mianyang, Chengdu
Enjoyed viewing and reading thru your trip review...thanks for sharing


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HoustonGumbeauxGuy
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re: China Trip Review: Beijing, Mianyang, Chengdu
Added to sticky this morning...thanks!


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CuseTiger
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re: China Trip Review: Beijing, Mianyang, Chengdu
Part 3: Chengdu
After the science was done, they drove us by a mini bus to Mt. Qingcheng and Dujiangyong irrigation system (both UNESCO sites). On the bus ride, we could see a lot of the rice fields through the rural mountainous region
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This is Mt. Qingcheng. Basically a place to get away on the weekends and enjoy the fresh air
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Gondola ride to higher up on the mountain
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Some pretty cool temples
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We went to Mt. Qingcheng first to avoid the crowds then to the irrigation system. Some statues of the leaders of different chinese dynasties
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The irrigation system was awesome, basically the city of chengdu kept flooding so what they did was build a miniature dam so that fast moving water flows towards chengdu and the slow moving water flows down another river. That apparently united two dynasties in china and prevented the city of chengdu from ever flooding again.
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More food, check out the little bomb at the bottom. Ended up having a bunch of spicy beef in there
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City of chengdu at night
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Another sign "Be careful to slip"
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Day pic of chengdu on way to the airport
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I ended up flying back through Beijing on my way to Seoul, which was a bad idea. Horrible thunderstorms in the area and 4 hour delays.
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We'll end with a nice picture from the hotel room in Seoul after getting in at 3am, at which point I used the do not disturb.
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CuseTiger
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re: China Trip Review: Beijing, Mianyang, Chengdu
Think I finally got everything up. Couldn't fit everything in the first post so the chengdu pictures are right above this. Will now attempt to answer questions...

quote:

How was the food? What are some things you recommend?

The best thing is peking duck, you have to try it. It basically comes with mini tortillas that you put the duck, some sprouts and sauce in. They are basically mini delicious duck tacos. I surprisingly liked the jellyfish and cuddlefish. Sea cucumber was okay, garlic chicken or beef was also a good choice

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Does the fact that its a communist country have any affect on a normal person like you visiting?

Yes a little. I had to just respect how people there live their life differently than I do, whether or not it's government controlled. I wasn't about to tell them how little I liked Beijing or that they were using too much oil in their food. One thing that did bother me was how the government blocked certain websites like dropbox, facebook, and google. Surprisingly TD and espn weren't blocked so I could get my TD and fantasy fix while there


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re: China Trip Review: Beijing, Mianyang, Chengdu
Are those skidmarks in that toilet?


CuseTiger
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re: China Trip Review: Beijing, Mianyang, Chengdu
Nooo they have a separate water input in the bottom left side. Hell I could have taken a picture of the 'squatty potty' they have all over there. I opted for the western style toilet so I could use toilet paper and not spread eagle over a hole in the ground


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re: China Trip Review: Beijing, Mianyang, Chengdu
How is Chinese food different there then over here at your generic Asian owned local place?


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re: China Trip Review: Beijing, Mianyang, Chengdu


You won't find bourbon chicken or general tso's chicken.



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re: China Trip Review: Beijing, Mianyang, Chengdu
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At one point I added noodles and couldn't get them out so the waitress comes over, uses my chopsticks and calls me "Big baby"



I hope you smacked her on the arse for that. Its tradition.


Great report... Looks like a great trip as well.






And I hated these things in Japan. Sorry but I'm too American to take a dump that way


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re: China Trip Review: Beijing, Mianyang, Chengdu
I can see myself screwing that up and having to clean shite off of the floor.

Looks like a great trip. Thanks for the review


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re: China Trip Review: Beijing, Mianyang, Chengdu
CuseTiger, how did you get over there? Y, C/J or F?

Looks like an amazing trip, fantastic photos.
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CuseTiger
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re: China Trip Review: Beijing, Mianyang, Chengdu
quote:

How is Chinese food different there then over here at your generic Asian owned local place?

A lot more oil in the food compared to here. Chinese food here is loaded with MSG, not nearly as much over there. Also it was a little bit more fatty over there, which wasn't my favorite but at least it seemed healthier with all of the vegetables, beef, chicken, soups, etc. I survived about a week before getting the runs and that was better than some of the others at the conference.

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CuseTiger, how did you get over there? Y, C/J or F?

Y unfortunately, 787 DFW-PEK and the 777 Seoul-DFW. 787 really is a game changer, awesome aircraft to fly long distances especially with the windows that cut out the sun for the full day flight to Beijing. I should've used miles to upgrade, I would have cleared both segments if I had requested it.


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I've heard mixed reviews of Y on the 787 simply because of the nine abreast seating. The cabin air and shades are legit however.


CuseTiger
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I've heard mixed reviews of Y on the 787 simply because of the nine abreast seating

I didn't have anyone in between me and the aisle seat so that may be why I didn't mind it as much. I can imagine someone else being there that'd be a tight fit.


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