Joni and I are back in the City of Chengdu... and our appetites are back. We meet up with Jing every night to sample Sichuan Cuisine (more on this in the Food thread
). Saving on cash, we start taking advantage of the new Chengdu subway, which finished construction last fall. Just one line, it luckily stretches from my hotel to Jing's computer shop, to some nice neighborhoods with good eateries.
Communist countries put a lot of grandeur into their public transportation projects it subways have always been a showcase for "government for the people produces results for the people." Many cities throughout Russia have subway systems far superior (in looks at least) than to the cities that house them.
The Chengdu subway is clean, simplified, with plenty of digital screens, bright lights, and high security (if you consider teenagers with x-ray machines and metal detectors to be high security). Bags go through the x-ray just like any airport, and people walk through the metal detector. My camera set off the detector every time. No one cared. I guess I don't fit the profile.
During the day, I would hang out in Jing's shop in the computer market with my new friends Chow and Hong
It's a small shop in a 6 story market. They only have 7 models of Thinkpad, and they compete with 1 other Thinkpad retailer in the building, and three across the street. Because there are so many people in China, they can sell in such large quantities, that Jing can actually make a nice living out of it. She is expanding to a larger shop this year.
The view from the shop
Walking down the street one day, I see this and had to check it out.
Californian wine. Actually this is 7-11 brand wine we also have in the USA for $4/bottle. Priced at just under $11 here.
Bought a Rochester-originating product!