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2011 : Bruce Peck Adventures
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The People’s Park

Visiting the local park in China on a Saturday is a must for any visitor. But the People’s Park in Chengdu may be the “best” of all. Parks in Chinese cities, a country where space is at a premium, are used as practice space for everything. From singing and musical instrument playing, to calligraphy, to break-dancing, tai-chi, and ballroom dancing just to name a few. But what’s crazy is their proximity to one another and how terrible most of the performers... Read More

In Love With Red Pandas

You may think that there are panda’s running around China like squirrels at home, but you’d be flat out of luck to find any. Seriously. Your best bet is to visit them, like us, in Sichuan province in the city of Chengdu where there is a Panda Breeding Base. It’s not like we’ve never seen pandas before. There are pandas at the Smithsonian National Zoo in DC. In fact, the DC zoo is a partner of the Breeding Base in Chengdu so I assume that’s where the... Read More

How to Eat Sichuan Hot Pot

According to the guidebook, the Sichuan region is famous for spicy food cooked with Sichuan pepper. This special pepper numbs your mouth instead of burning it. It’s not for everyone, but we love it. Chongqing is the Sichuan hot pot capital of the world. We have a Sichuan restaurant at home, but we’d never had hot pot. When we arrived we put discovering hot pot at the top of list. We didn’t really know what we were getting ourselves into. We only had a rough idea... Read More

The Biggest City I’d Never Heard Of

As we planned our route through China, we discovered there was a city between Zhangjiajie and Chengdu called Chongqing. We wondered if it was worth stopping in so we checked our guidebook. It said it was famous for Hot Pot. Mmm, sounds tasty. Oh, and it was the biggest city in the world. Huh? Boasting 32 million people Chongqing may in fact be the most populous city in the world. There is apparently a fair amount of disagreement about how to accurately measure population which... Read More

The Coolest National Park I’d Never Heard Of

I owe James Cameron an apology. Following our visit to Ha Long Bay, I may have implied that he needed to use more of the Earth’s natural beauty in his movies rather than relying on computer graphics. It turns out he was at least two steps ahead of me. Step 1 – Knowing Zhangjiajie National Park existed I hadn’t heard of it before we entered China. I still don’t know how to pronounce it. Step 2 – Using the natural beauty of Zhangjiajie National Park in a movie The... Read More