Chengdu has quite a different atmosphere than Tianjin. The construction of new buildings here, as in Tianjin seems to be out of control but there is more of a California lifestyle. Things happen more slowly and with more consideration. The community of artists is much larger but unfortunately for me not so many printmakers. The cuisine is different much spicier and more exotic.
There seems to be a lot of money here in China. One sees a lot of Mercedes and Buick cars, mostly black with tinted windows. As you ride around on the bus you can see where the money comes from. The average people work like mad to make a living. They are very hard workers but the employers are making the money. In general everyone benefits but the economy is changing so fast that it is almost impossible to keep up with costs such as transportation, gas, etc. To do business here you really need to be here.
I continue to be amazed at the generosity and elegance of the people here. I hope you enjoy these photos.