Meishan is a prefecture level city about 40 Miles 65 Km from Chengdu and has a Population of about 3,400,000 it covers 7,186 square kilometers (2,775 square miles) Meishan is halfway on the “golden tourist route of Chengdu to Leshan” and is worth a stop. Meishan is the home Su Dongpo (Su Shi) and his two sons, all of whom are great poets of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). The Memorial Temple of Three Sus (San Su Ci) in the southwest section of Meishan city proper is the former residence of the three great poets in Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127).
The Jinli Ancient Street is a large complex of temples, shops and restaurants that was built to look like an ancient portion of a Chinese city. WHile it is obviously not the real thing, it was fun to visit during one of our evenings in Chengdu.
You enter the complex through a series of buildings that are a recreation of an old temple complex, with a numerous statues of deities and historical figures. To the east of the temple complex are a pair of streets that are lined with restaurants (almost all serving CHinese food) and souvenir shops. The restaurants are a little pricier than those elesewhere in town, but we still managed to have a good dinner at a reasonable price.
In the temple complex, there is a stage on which they hold performances each night of excerpts from Sichuan opera. One unusual aspect of Sichuan opera is that one actor can play numerous characters merely by switching masks.
Althout Jinli was touristy, we didn't see a lot of Western tourists - the crowd was mostly Chinese couples and families enjoying a night out.
Though many travelers in China seem to focus on historic cultural sites there are also a wide array of venues that feature contemporary Chinese culture. A Thousand Plateaus exhibits both Chinese and international artists and are often more challenging than other galleries in the city.
This large square in the centre of Chengdu is always full of people particularly in the early morning and on weekends when they participate in all forms of excerise and social activities. It is very open and features two larges fountains that dance to music daily at midday and in the evening. Unfortunately I was there in the middle of the afternoon so didn't get to see this.
On one side of the square is the Sichuan Science and Technology Museum in front of which stands an imposing statue of Mao Zedong.
Luodai acient town located in the Northeast of Chengdu city . It is a small old town full of SICHUAN &CHINA history , also full of delicious food , local mix culture and traditional chinese things .
You can hike the "Great wall" , eat the "Chuan bei liang fen"""rosted sweet potato"... ,ride horse,Listen the local songs , spead your time with the local people , chatting and enjoy every minutes there .
The routine from Chengdu to this town , just need take some buses , chengdu -longquan -luodai ,very easy way ,convinient .But if on the weekend , there will be crowded , coz a lot of citizens will get out of the chengdu downtown ,and try to get there ,enjoy their weekend time . So you need prepare cost a lot of time on the way , maybe there will be a jam wait you ,he he he , you know China has a large population ,chengdu is not special .(*^__^*) Cwhen you decide come China , prepare you will see a lot of peoples .....
This acient town is a mix town , it depends on the long history , the local people from guangzhou , guangxi ,hubei ,sichuan, then you can hear different language here ,cantonese , mardrain , sichuan hua , hubei hua ..... interesting ,o(¿_¿)o .
What's most you can enjoy your lunch in one of the local family , they charge you very low , and prepare you local food , if you not mind , you can cooking with them , they are all hospitalable . When you in China , be as chinese , enjoy the daily life of us ,he he he .
Around chengdu here are several acient town , huanglong xi , luodai , and another one in the pengzhou county , all of them are interesting place , you can choose one of them , do not lost it , coz it should be a must for your travel .
Anshun Bridge is located over the Jin River in the southeast of the city. Meaning "Peaceful and Fluent", it was built in 2003 as a replacement of the old bridge which was destroyed by a flood in the 1980's. The veranda bridge contains a relatively large restaurant and is a popular eating location in the city.
This is the tomb of Wang Jian (847-918) which is also known as the Palace of Yongling. Wang Jian was a distinguished feudal ruler in the later Tang dynasty and the period known as the Five Dynasties. Excavated in 1942, the tomb departs from similar structures by its being built right in the city, and accessible from ground level. The tomb has a circular base that measures 80 meters (262 feet) diameter, and it stands 15 meters (49.2feet) tall with 14 archways of gray bricks. Wooden doors partition the burial chamber into three parts. The coffin rests in the middle chamber on a coffin bed. Murals of 24 musicians with regional instruments are carved into stone on three sides of the bed. These are the only known court musical band images unearthed from the Tang Dynasty period.
Jinli Street is located just to the east of the Wuhou Shrine. It is recorded that as early as the Qin Dynasty (221 BC - 206 BC), Jinli Street was the most famous place for baldachin - a rich, ornate cloth. And it was one of the busiest commercial streets during the Shu Kingdom (221-263). Hence, it is known as 'First Street of the Shu Kingdom'. In order to reclaim the street's prosperity of former days, it was restored with contributions from the Wuhou Memorial Temple and was opened to public in October of 2004. Since then, visitors from all over China and abroad gather in this ancient street to relax, admire the traditional-style buildings, and taste some local snacks. You can find folk artisans putting on funny shows such as a shadow puppetry show or a hand puppet show. Some traditional arts such as paper-cut and clay figurines made by the skilled craftsmen are sold here. They are so delicate and life-like that you won't be able to resist buying some.
This square, in the very heart of the city, is surrounded by shopping malls plus a McDonald's and Starbucks. I went into McDonald's, (yes I know!) and sat and ate my Big Mac whilst looking over at the Mao statue which dominates a commanding view. I thought to myself "Just what would he have felt about seeing all of this capitalism in a country he introduced Communism too"?
This Catholic Church was built in 1904 and features a very distinct Byzantine facade. It covers an area of 16,566 square meters with a floor space of 8,508 square meters and contains the main church, a small chapel and the Bishop's Office. The main entrance is through a series of courtyards and wooden temple buildings unlike any church complex I've ever seen. There's some nice gardens within the courtyards and I sat in one whilst some Chinese women were practicing hymns from a book.
This much smaller nunnery is located just over the bust Luo Guo Xiang road from Aidao Nunnery. It was originally named Huaguang Monastery and was first built during the reign of Emperor Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty (mid 18th century). A clay statue of Avalokitesvara with a 1000 hands and eyes with gold sand in her hands, used to be enshrined in the main hall. According to legend, in a fire during in 1861, Avalokitesvara manifested supernatural power to put out the fire. Thereafter, when the nunnery was expanded in 1863, the monastery was renamed to its current name.
This nunnery was once called Yuanjue (Perfect Enlightenment) Nunnery in ancient times and was first built in the last years of the Ming Dynasty (mid 17th century). It was then expanded during the reigns of Emperor Qianlong and Emperor Xianfeng in the Qing Dynasty (late 18th and mid 19th centuries). It was renamed during the early days of the Republic of China at the beginning of the 20th century. It is the earliest public nunnery in the history of Sichuan.
While visiting the complex that contains the Leshan Buddha I would recommend if you take time to have a look at Wuyou Temple. Follow the signs. As you can see from the photos the view of the temple is quite surreal. This is not really that much in the temple itself just a nice view of it. Make sure if you arranged for a bus/taxi pickup that you go back to the original point of entry, (see warning).
Entry Cost 70 Yuan.
Qintai Street is a sightseeing street which has recently been restored to imitate the traditional Chinese building styles especially the styles of Ming and Qing dynasty. Close also to several parks.
Walking along the street is a real pleasure where you can see some lovely buildings housing shops, restaurant, tourist shops etc. It's not all cheap but very, very nice.
Loved the restaurants here and the evening show at the main teahouse was also worth the money.
Poverty and despair are all that some residents of the Sichuan province have left have the massive Earthquake that struck in May 2008.
Respect goes a long way and a kind word, or helping hand, goes even further.
As you can see by the two photos attached, the devastation to homes and the changes to the general way of life for some of these people have been dramatic. Homes destroyed, loved one killed or maimed, no cooking facilities, no roof over their head, and no…well the list goes on.
Stop and think about how lucky we are. There is always someone out there that has it a lot worse.
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