Chengdu Places

May 03, 2010

Here and there in Chengdu. 20 large images.

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The view down from my hotel room, late January.

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Typical white sky.

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More all-white sky. The overpasses here, as in Shanghai, are lined planters full of flowers that are tended to by workers on foot along the roadway.

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Maybe a little too idyllic, on the DuFu Cottage grounds.

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Also DuFu Cottage park.

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View from inside the extremely awesome Science & Technology Museum of Mao, TianFu Square in the center of the city, and RenMin Nan Lu running south. It’s a clear day and you can see the bridge which is all the way down RenMin at the river (maybe about a mile).

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This is Red Star 35, a complex of studios and creative spaces. Very expensive to rent: more than $1000US a month. The text reads:
The breakthrough architecture
There is an inevitable breakthrough for the nonlinear development path of history.And what matters the most important is that when and where it occurs. Redstar 35,which is the city core of west china,was constructed on the basis of an old military print factory which brings it new life and special industrial mission,is certainiy to be a combination of modern cultural creative industry.
Which is just completely great.

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Remnants of the rollercoaster in the former amusement park.

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Greenery in February.

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I have no idea what that spells, and no one I’ve asked knows either.

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Typical setting of wicker chairs and tables of a typical Chengdu tea house. Missing: mah jong players.

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One of the buildings of the market in the north of the city. Everything was closed because it was Spring Festival. When it’s open, the aisles are like a forest of coats, socks, towels, jeans, just about everything you can think of.

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I imagine this is what Chengdu was like before the big buildings and wide streets and traffic. There’s still a lot of it all over.

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Massive crowd of people shopping the streets of the market area in the north of the city.