...down a touristy street in Chengdu. No, not all streets are like this one. In fact, very few of them are.
But this is a touristy part of town, and that's where Chengdu shines.
We're on Jinli (pronounced: gin-lee) Street. I mean, the place even has its own website.
A charming, clean, tidy, very stylish part of Chengdu.
You can find stuff here that you can't find very many other places. Charming little things, such as:
You walk down the little shopping alleys and you feel like you're in a charming little pre-modern Chinese world.
It's outings like this that can remind one of why one bid for China. Ahem.
I wanted to be able to buy AUTHENTIC CHINESE STUFF.
I wanted to know what REAL Chinese people did.
I wanted to be able to capture the colorful beauty of China. The unexpected charm and whimsy.
I wanted to see REAL China. Authentic China.
I was hoping to be able to come into contact with some of the many, many different ethnic groups that make up China.
All in all, a very pleasant place to be, this part of Chengdu known as Jinli Street.
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And if you're wondering what's going on with James' bidding, well, that makes two of us. DS just paneled the third round of people from the summer bidding cycle, and James didn't get anything. So the waiting game continues for our family (and many others)...