South to ChengduSeptember 5 in China ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C
Time for the next train trip. Not quite so early today, which gave us time for a cheap-ish hotel breakfast which was nice but quite greasy. Subway to the station and then onto the train with plenty of time to spare. Not quite as nice as the previous train, and not quite as fast either, only maxing out at 240km/h.
We didn't have the best seats here either, in the first row of a carriage which meant we couldn't quite see out the window, and we were in the window/centre of three seats which was a bit annoying, especially when the guy in the aisle seat claimed the armrest immediately.
At least the journey was only a couple of hours, and mostly in tunnels underneath mountains as we headed to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province. Arrived around midday and figured out another subway system, arriving at our hostel by 1pm.
Pleased to discover this hostel was great, with a huge room and large bed, even big windows with a view of the city. Not that you could see much - Chengdu is quite hazy at the best of times, and today was no exception. It was also quite overcast as well. Popped downstairs to a small noodle place with no English menu and no pictures, but the hostel staff had written down a suggestion for us to eat: dan dan noodles.
Sichuan province is famous for its cooking style, usually involving lots of chilli, oil, and of course Sichuan peppercorns which have a spicy and numbing flavour. Noodles were very tasty, basically spaghetti type noodles in a peanut and chilli oil sauce with ground pork on top. Very tasty but very fiery too, even when we asked for 小辣!
Back upstairs to relax for a bit and get some washing done, the hotel's rooftop serving as a makeshift laundry. They also have a large restaurant and bar area on the top floor, so we chilled in there for much of the afternoon and evening, relaxing and doing work. In the end we didn't feel like going out for dinner so just stayed in and had some Sichuan style food in the restaurant. Nice enough, though a little overpriced.Read more