The first half of the trip of China was spent in Chengdu, a city in the Sichuan province.

I highly recommend Sim’s Cozy Garden Hostel.  I would stay here again in a heartbeat.  Very clean, nice staff, good tours.

Chen Mapo’s.  This is the supposed restaurant of origin for mapo doufu.  It was delicious and very spicy.  So much better than the Japanese version.

That is some guy’s hands.

Sichuan Opera in a teahouse.  The show was very good, but the part that most people come to see is the quick-changing masks.  I had a front row seat and it looked almost instant.

The Chinese tea market.