Today we explored the city of Chengdu a bit more. We thought we start out easy and relaxing by visiting a bamboo park that was titled “the best” in Chengdu. It wasn’t quite as relaxing and quiet as we expected. Music was blasting from every corner, horrible outdoor karaoke performances and just shitloads of people. Not the most idyllic place in the world. After the park we went to what seemed to be the Tibetan quarter of town. Another park, a temple and loads of people buying overpriced food and kitschy souvenir articles. It was time for a drink so we decided to hit up a shop outside the park.
I bought a Chuan Lai Shu Wang Plum wine. It came in a cool turquoise almost egg-like bottle with a red ribbon on it. I opened the bottle and we were surprised that the bottle was only half full. A ripoff? The bottle said 150ml, which is way less that the bottle could actually contain, so I guess we just didn’t realize that it wouldn’t be full. The plum wine smelled not bad. It was sweet plummy but also had a rice aroma to it. The taste was sour-sweet plummy with a long lasting sour flavor to it. Pretty good if it wasn’t for the rice alcohol flavor that came with it as well. But even with this, it was a pretty good drink, and with 15 percent, also not too low on alcohol.