Most people who come to Sichuan either do so because they are about to head to Tibet on a trek, or to visit Chengdu and its surrounding tourist attractions, especially the pandas and Lei Shan and Emei Shan, two large standing Buddhas. Few ever go see Dazu Rock Carvings, which is convenient from both Chengdu […]
KTV is the Chinese karaoke (sometimes actually said as ka li OK).
I’m not usually one to broadcast my religion as I travel, but around Christmas time, as people continuously asked me how I celebrate the holiday, I began to tell them I was Jewish. To date, every single person to whom I have told I am Jewish has responded with the same thing: ” You’re so […]
For those of you who thought siestas were only for people working in Spain, you’ve obviously never worked in Sichuan before. Indeed, each day my microfinance organization has between 12 PM and 3 PM off for lunch, and a good xiuxi, or rest. This is the kind of thing that you don’t learn in your […]
Tips for how to pack one backpack for six months of travel.
This is the second post in a 2-part series about culture and food in Sichuan, China. Manners Manners certainly differ across countries, but by American standards, some Chinese manners are, um, severely lacking. For example, everyone screams fu yuan! (“?waiter”?), to get attention in a restaurant. For any food with bones, you put the entire […]
My name is Laura Silver, but I’m presently answering to anything from ” Laur”? (pretty close) to ” Little Song,”? (or ” å°?å®‹). I’m 23 and living in rural Sichuan, China to work at a microfinance bank. I decided to pack up and move to the middle of nowhere to get a good sense for how […]