Took a taxi to the new Chengdu East Railway Station. Brynne's Blue M&M is getting dirty feet:
We were met in Chongqing by Peter, our China Highlights transfer guide. He rattled off lots of info about the city, including the fact that you won't see bicycles. "Pedaling uphill will tire you to death, and speeding downhill will scare you to death."
Acknowledging that we had plenty of time before we had to board the Three Gorges Cruise, he offered other activites. We allowed him to take us to the old part of the city. Had a view across the Changjiang/Yangtze River at the twin gold spires of the new Sheraton Hotel:
Fish are kept in the water to show the water is not bitter:
The inner courtyard had two levels, and a cockatiel in the cage:
It was established in 1759, after the emperor commanded that people from the Hu and Guan areas of China relocate to Chongqing to make up for a decreased population.
First the Yuwang Si/Temple:
Another son of the dragon is Chiwen, and he is part fish. He protects against fires and also means good fortune:
Containers of water also symbolize lots of money, and can be used to put out fires.
Another theater, for the VIPs:
Plenty of things to cook:
Peter escorted us all the way to the Three Gorges Cruise boat, sitting at Chaotianmen Dock.
The Deluxe Veranda Cabin: