In one of the marketstreets were all the meatstalls. There was a lot of choice, allthough I didn't know from which animals the meat came from. In this stall small animals were hanging. They had all the same size. Maybe rabbits, who can tell ? I can't read or understand Chinese.
Renmin Park Tea House
I like the Sichuanese. They really seem to know how to enjoy life, namely, sit around all day, drink tea and chat. That seems right to me. On the other hand, you have to wonder what these people do for a living that they can sit around all day and natter in the middle of the week, but I am nothing if not envious.
Renmin Park has everything; bonsai gardens, a bizarre theme park, qi gong, latin dancing, carp ponds, hideous sculptures and loquat sellers but best of all is its tea house; huge, bustling, and shady, you can either get your ears cleaned, have a shoulder massage, drink a bottomless cup of stone-flower tea for Y10, chat to your friends, or, like most of the people around me, do all four things simultaneously.
If you're a white Western female by yourself, it won't be long before someone adopts you, feeds you pumpkin seeds and tea, and tells you "what a fat, pretty face you have!" Awwww.
Eight Trigrams Pavilion
The showpiece of the Green Ram Temple is the 20 meter high Eight Traigrams Pavilion. It was rebuilt in 1873 during the reign of Emperor Tongzhi and in 1883 during the reign of Emperor Guangxu. It is a three-storey octagonal pavilion with a round roof and square base on which the eight trigrams - Qian, Dui, Zhen, Li, Xun, Kan, Gen and Kun are engraved. 16 stone pillars arranged in double rows support the eaves. Inside and outside the pavilion are some 81 dragons. Enshrined inside is a statue of Laozi, the supreme venerable sovereign, riding a green ox heading west towards the Hangu Pass.