On Monday, October 1st, the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Lara and I, along with two friends, headed to the City center, expecting a parade. There was no parade. Instead the central square was filled with mostly out of town Chinese, milling about, sightseeing. The Mao statue was surrounded by red flags, and the fountains were busy spraying all sorts of designs in the air. Some people were carrying little Chinese flags, red, with five stars.

TianFuSquareon National Day
Tianfu Square in central Chengdu



Young Gene Simmons
We did see a young Gene Simmons balloon, spewing fire at Winnie the Pooh

This is a view from a little restaurant back alley eating area, up towards the surrounding apartments, across from Tian Fu

An actual alley

The entrance to the little complex of buildings on campus where we live

Our apartment building. We’re on the third floor. Notice the ivy. Coincidence?