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13 Days Chengdu and Chongqing Tour – Day 4 Siguniang to Dujiangyan

Miserable Night in Siguniang

Yun Xi Gu Guesthouse suffered power failure during the evening. This was due to damaged cables in town. The guesthouse was operating on a small generator. This however could not power up electric heater, water heater and the heating lamps in the bathroom.

At least we could leave some lights on in the bathroom when we sneaked into bed with the electric blanket to keep us warm. We were praying and hoping the worse was over when we went to bed to sleep for the night. Unfortunately, our hopes were short-lived. After midnight, there was complete blackout in the room. The lights we left on in the bathroom were gone. The electric blanket went dead.

We didn’t know whether it was due to fuel ran out for the generator or even the generator had failed. But we were too tired to get up to investigate. In fact, we didn’t hear any noise at all. No one seemed to bother. It was too cold outdoor anyway.

But our misery didn’t end there. My wife was nursing a headache probably due to altitude sickness. Whenever she needed to use the bathroom, I had to turn on the flash light on my cell phone to show her the way. This went on till the morning. Needless to say, we hardly slept.

We didn’t know how we got through the night. Daylight came through the window and we crawled our worn out body out of bed. There was no one outside. Apparently, everyone was still in bed and it was already past 8 am. Outdoor looked pretty refreshing and the day looked promising. Continue reading 13 Days Chengdu and Chongqing Tour – Day 4 Siguniang to Dujiangyan

13 Days Chengdu and Chongqing Tour – Day 1 Bangkok

Flight from Singapore to Chengdu

We had wanted to visit Jiuzhaigou for quite some time. So when there was an offer from Singapore to Chengdu flying Thai Airways at only $272, we booked our flights for November. The catch was to transit in Bangkok. Instead to having a short transit from Bangkok to Chengdu where we had to take a very early flight from Singapore to Bangkok, we planned an overnight stay in Bangkok to have a more relaxing arrival in Chengdu on Day 2. Our flight details are as follows:

Singapore to Bangkok 12.25 pm to 1.45 pm
Bangkok to Chengdu 10.05 am to 2 pm on the following day

Chengdu to Bangkok 3.05 pm to 5.20 pm
Bangkok to Singapore 7.25 pm to 10.45 pm

Since we had quite a bit of time in November, we decided to visit Chongqing as well, a city in under 2 hours away from Chengdu by high speed train. We also took advantage of the Accor super sales and booked Sofitel Chengdu Taihe and Sofitel Forebase Chongqing at 50% discounts.




Original Itinerary for Chengdu and Chonqing

Day 1: Singapore to Bangkok

Hotel: Patra Boutique Hotel

Location of this hotel is near Platinum area, easily accessible from the airport using the airport rail link six stations away.

Day 2: Bangkok to Chengdu

Hotel: Leeden Hotel

This hotel is located near MRT Station walking distance to Chunxi Shopping Area.

Day 3: Chengdu to Juizhaigou

Hotel: Jiuxiang Hotel

This hotel is located near the main entrance into Jiuzhaigou National Park.

Will need to take a nine hours bus ride from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou. Continue reading 13 Days Chengdu and Chongqing Tour – Day 1 Bangkok