In the morning we will visit the Xi’an City Wall – the fortification showcases the seamless protection and construction of the ancient capital. The wall measures 13.7 km in circumference, 12 m in height, and 15 to 18 m in thickness at the base. We’ll bike along part of the City Wall — from the top there’s a great view over the city.
In the afternoon you will fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. Chengdu is well-known for two things: its relaxed lifestyle and adorable pandas. The city itself is awash with colourful characters that should make for some interesting subject matter, especially when viewed down the lens of a camera. Today is your day of being a Chengdu local.
Upon arrival, we visit a local park to see a typical day here, join some local dance, sip some tea, play Chinese chess and learn to play Mahjong, a traditional Chinese game using little cubes instead of playing cards. Mahjong is an essential part of the locals’ daily life, and you will see it being played in people’s houses, in teahouses and even on the footpath if the weather is conducive. Later in the day we’ll watch a Sichuan Opera – the art of “Bian-Lian “or “face-changing”.