Have arrived in the rainy city of Ya’an

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I spent about 5 minutes waiting for a taxi and then remembered where I was – the Ya’an Tourist Bus Station. I know this station! No need to wait for a taxi – I can walk to Ibis Hotel from here! And so I did. It was raining so I took out my umbrella (a gift from the hotel during my last trip) and went my merry way in the direction of the hotel.

So Ya’an lived up to its nickname, “Rainy City”. But Chengdu was raining, too. In fact, a heavy thunderstorm had delayed my flight’s landing and we had to remain airborne for about 20 minutes before getting the clearance to land.

I don’t know how long I took to walk to Ibis Hotel. But when I took out my HJ-113 to see how many steps it was from the station to the hotel, I was surprised to see I’d walked enough to register some aerobic steps, too. In fact, I’d walked 1,024 steps in 10 minutes, about 102 steps a minute, which is way about the 60 steps required to activate the HJ-113’s aerobic step counter. Not bad, considering I was pulling an 18.6kg rolling luggage behind me and I also had a backpack filled with books and my netbook. I guess this is the senior citizen’s version of the strong man challenge?

At the hotel, I was greeted by a familiar face behind the hotel’s registration counter. She said she’d give me a room with a view, but it has turned out to be more than that. My room on the 7th floor is right next to the corridor window which looks out to the street and its star attraction:

The above picture was taken in March this year, and I’m looking forward to seeing the “Christmas” tree again this evening.