Oct 4, 2011

Bao’en Pagoda plaza

Happy National Day

The tower

We’re a few days into our National Day holiday, and I think people celebrate just by spending time with their families out in the city. Peter and I have been doing that too, so we’re fitting in well.

Today we went out to the white tower that we saw from the bus yesterday. It’s actually just a block down from CBest, the department store that we’ve been going to every day in the city’s commercial center. We had thought we’d seen all of the center, but really we’d only seen the tip of the iceberg. This plaza is even more bustling than the square by CBest.They have a 24-hour McDonald’s there.

I couldn’t find a lot of information in English about this tower, but it’s called the Bao’en Pagoda, and it was built by the Song Dynasty in 1143. Some of my students mentioned it last week when I asked them what Luzhou was known for. It’s very pretty, though you can’t go inside. The action is all around it, anyway.

There were tons of street vendors set up all over the plaza, and a lot of activities for kids, like bouncy castles and small cars that they could rent. Something that I’m still getting used to is that small children don’t seem to wear diapers. Instead, their clothing has a gap at the crotch, or in some cases, no butt, and when they have to go, they just squat down wherever they are. Mom or dad cleans it up, and good as new!

Babies drive around blow up monsters in the plaza around Bao'en Tower.
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