Chengdu has a reputation amongst the Chinese as being a bit of a lazy place where people are more concerned about enjoying themselves than working hard! We certainly found plenty of evidence to back that up, indeed the locals seems quite proud of their reputation for laziness.
The centre of the city is Tianfu Square which is, as in may Chinese cities a big open area designed for those big mass rallies so beloved by the early communists. It is now quite a nice public space filled with fountains and police! It is over-looked by a huge (and I do mean huge) statue of Mao.
A short walk further on from Tianfu Square is Renmin Park, a perfect example about what I liked about Chengdu.
It is, in truth, nothing too special. It is very pleasant, but in China, the peace and quiet is quite rare. It is more like a botanical garden than what we, in the UK, would consider a proper park. Lots of lily ponds and archways always giving the impression of more to discover rather than just a big open, grassed space. In addition, it is famed for having lots of tea shops which are constantly packed with people just killing time or meeting for business.
There were also plenty of examples of people doing one of the things I like most about China. Any space, large or small will be filled with groups of people ballroom dancing or practicing Tai Chi or some other communal movement. I suppose it comes of living in small apartments, often with several generations living under one roof.
Another really cool thing about China is the translation of signs from Mandarin into English. There are loads of websites with comical examples. I would have thought that the signs from official channels would be translated properly. I mean that it is understandable that a restaurant translates their menu into English using Google translate to, hopefully snag the odd tourist. But there are loads of Chinese people with pretty much perfect English, I don't get why the Government doesn't run their signs past one of these people or an expat first. These are two of my favourites from our recent trip around Southern China.
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