China: An evening in Chengdu

It was our second visit to Chun Xi Road(春熙路). We were here the night before to get a thicker jacket for WK's mother. The weather in Chengdu was 8-12°C during our visit.

Cut fruit was available in many places and we had a lot of it, watermelon, water chestnut, pineapple and etc.

Seventy-One Dou Tang Fan(七十一号豆汤饭).
We had no idea how we walked there. But since it was one of the eatery in our list, we decided to have our dinner there. It was a fast food restaurant, where we had to queue up and buy our dinner.

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Seventy-One Dou Tang Fan emphasized that they are using good seasonings.

We ordered 5 recommended dishes from the web.

Dou Tang Fan, literally means bean soup rice. The bean here was corn. If you do not like corn, they had chicken soup rice too. But since the shop was named Dou Tang Fan, we would not want to miss out trying their signature.

clock wise from left: braised pork belly (咸烧白)RMB6,three shreds cold dish(凉拌三丝) RMB2.50, steamed beef with glutinous(粉蒸牛肉) RMB6, pork slice cold dish(凉拌白肉)RMB7,eggplant cold dish(凉拌茄子) RMB3.

Look at the price. It was dirt cheap. The total dinner cost for 4 was only RMB28.50.
Strongly recommended for budget travelers.
We missed out the Mashed potatoes(土豆泥) as it was sold out. Their steamed egg(蒸蛋) and steamed pumpkin(蒸南瓜) looked inviting too.

Huge crowd of bicycle waiting at the traffic light

We slowly walked back to our hotel. On the way, we bought multi-layered puff pastry(千层酥) and pork floss roll(肉松卷) from Wen Su Yuan(闻酥园).

I did not arrange anything for that night because we needed to rest early for the 3D2N LeShan(乐山) and Mt Emei(峨嵋山) trip, which started the next day.

Seventy-One Dou Tang Fan 七十一号豆汤饭
BeiXin St Shidu Plaza Bldg B1,
Jinjiang district
Remarks: It was at the corner of BeiXin St, which is very near to the intersection of Renmin West Rd and Zongfu Rd

Wen Su Yuan 闻酥园
17-8 Dacisi Rd
Jinjiang district

China: Visiting Du Fu

You are what you eat.

Physiologically, I felt I was energized after the lunch. ;)

The next itinerary would be visiting an "old friend" that we knew since primary school. He was definitely not a stranger to anyone with some basic Chinese literature knowledge. A taxi fare of RMB12 sent us to the place he stayed, Du Fu's Cottage(杜甫草堂).

the entrance of Du Fu's Cottage

Du Fu was a famous poet at Tang Dynasty with more than 1000 poems. He was known as greatest of the Chinese poets(诗圣). But we were so embarrassed when we found out that we did not know most of the poems in the cottage. :( So when we found one, we quickly took a shot with it. :) The poem, "此曲只因天上有,人间难得几回闻".

I was wondering which statue looks more like Du Fu.

Finally, we reached the thatched cottage that Du Fu stayed for 4 years. He had produced 240+ poems here.

The thatched cottage was very small. I was amazed that China government could turn such a small cottage into a museum which covers a total area of 20 hectares. This museum was rated grade AAA among China tourism spots.

inside the thatched cottage
Du Fu lived a very simple life.

Du Fu's Cottage
37 Qing Hua Rd
Qingyang District
Opening Hours: 8am-6pm(Ticket counter close at 5.40pm)
Admission: RMB60

China: Healthy and yet Delicious Lunch

Then it was lunch time.

As usual, I had already figured out a good restaurant within walking distance from Wuhou temple before the trip.

It was not too difficult to locate the restaurant as there were many cars parking in front of the restaurant.

Qinshanzhai restaurant 钦善斋

This cozy restaurant was serving Chinese medicinal dishes. You could find the explanation of the medicinal value for each dishes in the menu. I thought it would be expensive, but I felt relieved after reading their menu. The consequence was I ordered too many dishes, five dishes for four person.

A very classy and comfort environment for lunch or dinner.

The first dish that arrived was rib. Not bad!

The second dish we had was prawn(钦膳脆角虾). The corn snack was my favorite.

Nothing special to shout about for clay pot vegetables.
In Chengdu, there was few times where they did not serve the rice together with the dishes. We had to request for it. Weird.

We also ordered this supposedly healthy snack, fried Chinese yam. Chinese yam is also known as nagaimo, yamaimo, Japanese mountain yam or Korean yam. It is famous for its medicinal values.

It had very flaky and crisp skin.

This was the dish that I wanted to give 2 thumbs up. One for the good taste and one for best value.

Although a lot of Chinese medicine was used, but it was still very delicious. Fish and mushroom were the main ingredients. There was a portable stove to keep the soup hot. We finished one bowl after another because of the cold weather.

It was served with a plate of glass noodles and vegetables. After we finished more than half of the ingredients, we added them in and was glad to find that the soup was not diluted at all. That was not the end of the story yet. The greatest thing of all was this clay pot soup was priced at RMB68 only.

complimentary fruit

We were full to the brim. :)

****Sorry that I did not have receipt with me now. I will update the dishes name and single price later. The total bill was below RMB200, which I found very reasonable for a 5 star restaurant like Qinshanzai. ****

Qinshanzhai restaurant 钦善斋
247, Wuhouci Main Street, Chengdu

China: Chengdu Snacks

In my humble opinion, Jinli(锦里) is just a very commercialized street next to Wuhou temple, same for KuanZai Alley(宽窄巷子). Since we did not plan to go to KuanZai Alley, we decided to spend a little bit time for Jinli.

entrance of Jinli

description and layout of Jinli

Starbuck in China

shooting game based on the Three Kingdoms

Local snack for tourists
I'll tell you in the coming post where did I get my local snacks, at a cheaper price.

some views in jinli

There are counters for different Chinese arts, for example sugar figures making(吹糖) and sugar art(糖画).

We tried some barbecued meat stick and steamed black corn at jinli snack street(小吃街).

After we left Jinli, we immediately looked for Red Star Rabbit(红星兔丁) on the same street. Being the top of Chengdu best tasting eatery list in dianping(点评) for months(or years), this little stall had caught my attention.

queue for the snack

assorted snacks, mainly braised snacks

We ordered the must-try snack, red oil rabbit meat(红油兔丁) , RMB10. We then watched her mixing the cooked rabbit meat and spring onion with different spices and chili oil before pouring it to a container.

This was Chengdu famous snack, soft and tender rabbit meat in flavorful red oil. The shop was just a takeaway counter. So, we had to stand by the roadside and share the snack.
It was good, remember to give it a try when you are in Chengdu!

Chengdu Jinli 成都锦里古街
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Red Star Rabbit 红星兔丁
180-5, Wuhouci Main Street, Chengdu

China: Time Travel to the Three Kingdoms Period

If you read the Chinese historical novel, "Romance of the three kingdoms(三国演义)", then you must not miss Wuhou temple. It is a story of the fateful last reign of the Han dynasty when the Chinese empire was divided into three warring kingdoms, Wei (魏), Shu (蜀), and Wu (吳). Unfortunately, I do not read the book. Therefore, for more details of the story, please do some googlings. :)

Tips: Most of the tourism spots in China practice half price ticket for older people(above 60 or 65, depends) and student. So make sure that you remember to show them your passport or student identification.

the entrance to Wuhouci

weapons used by the three warriors

Liu bei's palace where we found the statues of Liu Bei (the emperor), Guan Yu (a general), Zhang Fei (another general), and Liu Zhan, the grandson of Emperor Liu Bei.

This temple was dedicated to The Oath of the Peach Garden (桃園三結義), where the three warriors Liu Bei, Guan Yu, and Zhang Fei became sworn brothers in a ceremony amid peach blossom trees.

Kong Ming court(孔明苑) had lots of display about Zhuge Liang and the three kingdoms. This Chinese historical story became lively when we visited Kong Ming court.

Tourist entering Liu Bei's tomb(刘备的陵墓).

the famous first Chu Shi Biao(前出師表) was a document submitted by Zhuge Liang(诸葛亮),Chancellor of Shu Han to Emperor Liu Shan(刘禅). In the document, Zhuge Liang explained the reason for Wei expedition and advise Liu Shan on governing the kingdom.

A year later after the first Chu Shi Biao, Zhuge submitted a second document, which was known as second Chu Shi Biao(后出師表).

Wuhouci 武侯祠
Entrance ticket RMB60
Opening Time: 08:00 - 18:00