Flashes of City Memory

Authors: Go Chengdu

2015-01-09

A flashback in time sequece on life in Chengdu.
Chengdu was listed as the most livable city in the Chinese mainland in a recent report issued by the Asian Development Bank.
Look at the hustle and bustle in Chengdu in time sequence and you’ll feel the pulsing rhythm of the city, and have the sights, sounds and smells exclusive in this place, whether you are an expat living in this city for years, or a traveler on a whirlwind tour.
6 AM
The sun comes out. The city is waking up and a new day begins.
7 AM
The restaurants are crowded with people having breakfast, usually noodles, porridge, baozi, fried dough sticks and soybean milk, but there are always people on the run, walking hurriedly and eating on the way to work places.
8 AM
Parks and open spaces see senior citizens doing physical exercises ― Tai Chi, group dancing, and all sorts of activities formulated by themselves.
9 AM
Bus drivers breathe sighs of relief after the morning rush hours. Public transportation is the top option for the most of the working people in the city, although it has the third largest population of private car owners in China.
10 AM
Parks, museums, libraries and sites of ancient architecture receive the first flow of visitors. Among the relics sites, Jinsha Site Museum is the best place to learn about the city's history.
11 AM
Visitors from home and abroad stroll in the Wide & Narrow Alleys, which is an ideal site to understand the life of the Old Chengdu.
12 AM
Young people stream out of office buildings, schools, shopping malls and settle down in large and small eateries for lunch, but they may have a trouble to make decisions since there are too many choices on the menu.
1 PM
Some people choose to take the respite to visit the Wuhou Shrine Museum (Temple of Marquis Wu), in the south of downtown Chengdu, which is China's best known site of the Three Kingdoms culture.
2 PM
While people are having a nap after lunch, the lovely pandas at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, in the northern suburb of the city, have the most active time of the day.
3 PM
By this time, the Eastern Suburb Memory is almost empty. It is a music-themed park that is remolded at the original site of disused factories in the east of the city, and the place will see thousands of young people coming to watch performances or to have parties at numerous cafes.
4 PM
There are lots of people chatting at tea houses around the city, which are the most popular venues for gatherings to local people and the best places for visitors to have a close look at the life of ordinary people in Chengdu.
5 PM
The old, stone-paved paths at Huanglongxi Ancient Town are deserted after visitors have left. There are a large number of this kind of ancient towns around Chengdu.
6 PM
People hurry back home on bikes, in the fading light before the sunset.
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