The main avenues in Chengdu are wide with separate roadways for bicycles. Most of the time the roadways for bicycles were very busy. On the picture is the main avenue from our Sichuan Hotel to the Exhibition Hall.
A long this road are several shops. There are fly-overs for pedestrians.
Just behind the mainstreets in the centre you can find the back alleyways.
There are some small shops, stalls and workshops. But mainly these are the living quarters with small houses, where you can see a part of the daily life of the people at the sidewalks in front of their houses.
It is amazing, from the big city with a lot of traffic and big shops and institutions, you step within 100 M in another world of laid-back daily life, just like in a small village.
Chengdu is a city of cyclists.
Especially in the neighbourhood of the large departmentstores and shopping centres we saw large parking lots for bicycles. Hundreds, maybe thousands of biclycles at one place ! Not always easy to find your own bicycle again after shopping, I could imagine.
Along the main roads we saw a lot of huge advertisement billboards, often many storeys high, hiding the buildings behind.
Except the bikes and the huge billboards in the streets, it was very striking to see the many girls, wearing chic and lascivious dresses with thin nylon stockings without suspenders, so rolling a bit down. Mostly we saw, that the girls kept their money and toiletpaper in their stockings.
This is the traditional way of manufacturing Saw Silk which is used in clothing. The Silk Shop on Jinli Street has on display this saw silk manufacturing process. I really enjoyed viewing this display. My wife liked this shop as she said they have high quality goods for sale.
I could be wrong but I think there might be a spelling mistake on the notice (3rd photo) where 'saw' should read "raw". During our 24 days in China we occasionally noticed an incorrect spelling. What really amazed me was the number of people who could speak excellent English, usually very clear with little accent.
The Walk along Jinli Street was crowded with shops and stalls either side of the street. The road is closed to vehicle traffic so no vehicle risk, however it is easy to lose partner or children in the crush to view the unusual and wonderful shops and stalls.
My photos are just a small sample of some of the shops that looked like they would photo well. It was a slow journey as all the women wanted to go inside each shop and touch the goods, in many instances having no intention of buying.
The men enjoyed themselves just watching the crowds walk by.
At the entrance to Jinli Street a large notice stating The Rules Pertaining to Civilized Tour are prominently displayed. They are good rules and when we visited it appeared they were obeyed.
This street is something special and includes a beautiful Chinese Garden.
"The Picture tells the story". Just beautiful ! Throughout our 24 day China visit we were astonished by the beauty of their parks and gardens. Some of the gardens we visited were hundreds of years old, magnific large trees, decoration, colour and most of all Peaceful and Relaxing.
Jinli Street was a delight to visit, there was something for everyone ranging from historical silk production to cheap handbags, traditional food and a magnificent Chinese Garden with ponds.
We just loved our leisurely walk through the crowded street, my wife loved it as there was so much she wanted to buy and she was successful on several items. I enjoyed lunch and the beautiful Chinese Garden, not to be missed.
Jinli Street is a quaint “loop” street that has tea houses, bars, souvenir shops, artist stalls and food vendors.
The best time to visit this street is in the early evening around dinner time when the street really comes alive, and visit Wuhou Temple.
We went fairly late and had trouble getting fed - most restaurants ran out of most of their food items : (
I love seeing how people live in their own country and the Chinese are masters of TaiChi but not the kind of TaiChi we are used to in Western Countries - they use fans and all sorts of props - it's almost a dance so graceful and elegant and not just the young ones either - so many elderley people practice this amazing form of exercise. Beautiful.
The Chunxi Road area in Chengdu is famous for shopping, especially for branded and modern goods. A lot of people, especially the yound and trendy, hang out in this area during the weekends.
It is relatively safe to explore the city, so go out and experience it. The only part which you have to be more careful is the northern part near the railway station.
hang out in Chengdu street, these sence was the little river near Qingyang Daoist tample. Nice, isn't it?
As in other cities in China, the bicycle is still a very popular and simple mode of transportation in Chengdu. However with modernisation, more people are buying cars and taking cabs.