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Our family has had several days off for the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year), not as many as if we were working for a Chinese company, but a welcomed week and a half in dreary January.  As usual, we stayed in Chengdu during the holiday, mainly to enjoy the city of 14 million when the population dwindles to 8 million, the other 6 million having returned to their hometowns to celebrate the holiday.  Yesterday, some new Chinese friends took us on a sightseeing excursion to a small village about an hour out of the city, where we saw an old village, and then up to Chengdu’s famous Great Fake Wall of China – for those without the energy or scratch to make the trip up north.  Here are some pictures from our excursion…

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