2011 - China Part 2 - Chongqing Si Province

Backpacking Adventure, 26 days through 6 Provinces in China
Sichuan, Chongqing, Hubei, Hunan, Guizhou, Guangxi
and 3 days in Hanoi, North Vietnam
29th Mar <> 26th Apr 2011
(L-R) Ching Neng Bin, Gan Choi Geok, Chan Meng Fye, Lim Peng Peng, Bernard Lee, Chew Leng Soon, Peter, Cindy Chong, See Beow Aun at the Dazu Rock Carving site

Day 06 (03.04.2011) Chengdu > Chongqing (14c – 22c)
No breakfast this morning as all slept late, however, we had an early lunch at 11am at the Traffic Inn restaurant. Checkout at 12 noon, we then walked to the nearest MRT station to get to the Northern Rail Station at Y2 per person. We took the 2.10 pm CRH train (China Rail High-speed) to Chongqing (Y117) arriving at 4pm. This high-speed train travels at average speed of 200 mph. It took about 2hours for the 314km journey. From the station, we took 3 taxis to Tina’s Hostel. In the evening, we walked to the city square for a sumptuous dinner. Stayed at Tina’s Hostel – Y180 a room for 2pax, Y200 a room for 3pax

Traffic Inn restaurant (RM10 each)

a 20 minutes walk from Traffic Inn to Metro MRT station
Chengdu Metro MRT station (2Y) to Northern Rail Station
at the crowded Chengdu Northern Rail Station
so crowded inside the train station waiting area - really crowd madness

I am honored to clean the train before start of journey

so clean and comfortable (Y117 to Chongqing)
maximum speed of 201km per hour
the scenic country side of farm land - yellow canola flower in season

checking my notes and photos on board the train with my notebook
at the Chongqing train station

entrance to Tina's Hostel - very dirty cos earmarked for development
the inside was not too bad, with nice lobby, TV room and a recreation area

it even has a recreation area for guest
Ms. Gan and Chan fighting for balls!
this part of the city is for redevelopment soon
the best place to eat in Chongqing city centre
a sumptuous dinner at only RM17 per person

Chongqing night scene

Day 07 (04.04.2011) Chongqing - Dazu day trip
After breakfast at 7am, we travelled by bus to Dazu (81km) away to visit the rock cave carving (Y210 inclusive of bus, lunch and guide). Dazu Rock Carvings is a must visit whilst in Chongqing. It's a listed UNESCO World Heritage site.
Stayed at Tina’s Hostel – Y180 a room for 2pax, Y200 a room for 3pax

waiting for our in-house tour guide to distribute our head phones
our pretty tour guide talking to Chew

Bao Ding Mountain Buddhas
Beishan pagoda with Buddhas below
Bao Ding Mountain Circle of Life

Bao Ding Mountain Entering Nirvana

Beishan peacock Buddha

Bao Ding Mountain Demons with Rulers of hell

Total expenses in China to-date is RM844 per person
Please take note of this while traveling in China:
To wear face mask in China as it is very dusty and smoky.
Never ever pay any hotel booking deposit through a 3rd party.
Never ever accept any deal as proposed by tout or individual acting as agent of hotel or travel agency at airport, bus or train stations and along the road. Always go to a reputable travel agency or in hotel.

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