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China Chengdu Mall Science Museum

3 April 2013

Bad science

First up, I headed north, via starbucks for overpriced coffee (but they did understand the concept of non fat milk). This took me to a river, which looked milkier than my coffee.
Before too long I ended up at yet another Wanda Plaza. Not sure what the Wanda brand is but they own everything in this part of China. Inside was an impressive array of stores, restaurants and amusements.
Since it was on top of a metro station, I headed back south, to the Sichuan science and technology museum, which sits proudly behind Chairman Mao in the central Tianfu square. So surely its a proud well maintained impressive showpiece for the city?

China-Chengdu-Mall-Science Museum - I dont really get tai chi. The people in the white pyjamas are moving in slow motion. The guy in the middle in black is going crazy doing his drunken

I dont really get tai chi. The people in the white pyjamas are moving in slow motion. The guy in the middle in black is going crazy doing his drunken master style in fast forward. Yet somehow the others are following his teachings.


China-Chengdu-Mall-Science Museum - The milky river. Strangely it smells very clean, like somethings been added to it to make it smell nice.

The milky river. Strangely it smells very clean, like somethings been added to it to make it smell nice.


China-Chengdu-Mall-Science Museum - These condom vending machines are literally everywhere. On every city block. I am not aware of any creationists blowing up black presidents over it ye

These condom vending machines are literally everywhere. On every city block. I am not aware of any creationists blowing up black presidents over it yet though. Next they will take our guns.


China-Chengdu-Mall-Science Museum - On my travels I passed this buiding with a rocket out the front. The sign on it had a rocket too, so presumably its something to do with rockets. So I

On my travels I passed this buiding with a rocket out the front. The sign on it had a rocket too, so presumably its something to do with rockets.
So I am taking a photo, and 2 guys with green suits and white gloves and helmets come charging over and tell me to get lost. If its a secret, why put a rocket out front?


China-Chengdu-Mall-Science Museum - Many streets in Chengdu are themed. One nearby my hotel has at least 50 stores behind garage doors that make signs and badges of all kinds. Giant acry

Many streets in Chengdu are themed. One nearby my hotel has at least 50 stores behind garage doors that make signs and badges of all kinds. Giant acrylic ones, neon ones etc. The street I went up this morning sells only microscopes and those things people use on tripods when surveying. So if you ever need a Chinese electron microscope, I know where to send you.


China-Chengdu-Mall-Science Museum - The above mentioned Wanda Plaza. Quite new but full. Has an amazing vanguard supermarket in the bottom. I didnt go in as I wasnt hungry or going back

The above mentioned Wanda Plaza. Quite new but full. Has an amazing vanguard supermarket in the bottom. I didnt go in as I wasnt hungry or going back to my hotel yet. I am saving a return visit as a special treat!


China-Chengdu-Mall-Science Museum - From a nearby shop I bought some pick and mix chocolates, then I found a giant games arcade. So I was in my shorts, in a games arcade, carrying a bag

From a nearby shop I bought some pick and mix chocolates, then I found a giant games arcade. So I was in my shorts, in a games arcade, carrying a bag of chocolates. If only I had a van parked in the basement.
This is the best drumming game I ever played, its a real Roland v-drum kit, and the default song was Master of Puppets.


China-Chengdu-Mall-Science Museum - I headed down to the basement to look for the candy van. Note the red and green lights, just like Burnside Village in Adelaide, a place we consider to

I headed down to the basement to look for the candy van. Note the red and green lights, just like Burnside Village in Adelaide, a place we consider to be a luxurious marvel.


China-Chengdu-Mall-Science Museum - Next up, headed outside and ate my chocolates in the smog. Even had 2 easter eggs.

Next up, headed outside and ate my chocolates in the smog. Even had 2 easter eggs.


China-Chengdu-Mall-Science Museum - The museum looks impressive enough from the outside, a massive building.

The museum looks impressive enough from the outside, a massive building.


China-Chengdu-Mall-Science Museum - A cat stands guard, hes rarely disturbed by visitors....

A cat stands guard, hes rarely disturbed by visitors....


China-Chengdu-Mall-Science Museum - We started off good, a Chinese Mig-21 copy. This is the only place I saw any other people. A school group was just leaving as I arrived.

We started off good, a Chinese Mig-21 copy. This is the only place I saw any other people. A school group was just leaving as I arrived.


China-Chengdu-Mall-Science Museum - Various cheap models covered in a thick layer of dust.

Various cheap models covered in a thick layer of dust.


China-Chengdu-Mall-Science Museum - The robot band, not working. There were lots of robot exhibits. Most of them were not working. The one that did was nothing more than a Sichuan opera

The robot band, not working. There were lots of robot exhibits. Most of them were not working. The one that did was nothing more than a Sichuan opera tape loop with a dancing robot that just kind of vibrated a bit.


China-Chengdu-Mall-Science Museum - This actually kind of worked, some of the time. Chinese state of the art pneumatic sequencer.

This actually kind of worked, some of the time. Chinese state of the art pneumatic sequencer.


China-Chengdu-Mall-Science Museum - I made fun of the museum, but some of the mathematics stuff was interesting, however much of it was broken, and those things that needed power were sw

I made fun of the museum, but some of the mathematics stuff was interesting, however much of it was broken, and those things that needed power were switched off.
It did make for a fun activity to wander around and marvel at how dated it was, on your own, in a giant building. There was plenty of opportunities to take photos of myself glaring at the camera such as this.


China-Chengdu-Mall-Science Museum - Walking back and I came across this giant map, with lots of people interested in it. What could it be, bus routes? Convenience store locations? No, it

Walking back and I came across this giant map, with lots of people interested in it. What could it be, bus routes? Convenience store locations? No, its real estate listings. All these blue things on the map are apartments for lease or sale (sale I think), complete with the cost per square foot mentioned.


China-Chengdu-Mall-Science Museum - I found a great place for lunch near my hotel. An alleyway with upmarket small proper restaurants. By upmarket I mean they have proper tables and chai

I found a great place for lunch near my hotel. An alleyway with upmarket small proper restaurants. By upmarket I mean they have proper tables and chairs, and a menu at the table.
I decided on this place for no particular reason, then decided to have vegetarian. The picture showed green celery, what came was white, with delicious tree fungus and a ginger flavour.


China-Chengdu-Mall-Science Museum - My other dish was eggplant and beans, with lots of garlic.

My other dish was eggplant and beans, with lots of garlic.


China-Chengdu-Mall-Science Museum - Theres about 6 other nice looking places to try along this alley. I have no excuse to go without dinner as its literally over the road from my hotel.

Theres about 6 other nice looking places to try along this alley. I have no excuse to go without dinner as its literally over the road from my hotel.


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