“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.”—Cesare Pavese (via jasmineeatworld)
Well, I was a little nervous at first. I’ve had too many bad salon experiences where I’ve ended up with shaggy-dog hair or where I’ve fallen victim to a misapplication of bleach. Needless to say, going somewhere in a foreign country seemed a tad daunting. Fortunately, this place was pretty awesome. It’s run by a French-born, Chinese hair dresser who speaks all of English, Mandarin, and French. The salon was orderly and welcoming, and the guy who cut my hair took his time and was very precise. It’s always a good sign when you enter a hair salon and the employees have better hair than you. That reminds me of an interesting tidbit. I’ve noticed that conservatively, 8 out of 10 hairdressers I’ve seen are men not women. Quite the opposite from home.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this place. They washed my hair, cut it and blow dried it for 80 kuai. There are places in the city of course where you can get your haircut for half of that, but they hardly speak English and unless your hairstyling Mandarin or Canto is up to par, the fate of your mane is left up to luck.
For anyone interested, details for the place are as follows: Lain Guy Paris 85 Zizhu Beilu Great World Shopping Mall 1F-88, Chengdu 成都紫竹北路85号 大世界商业广场1楼88号 Phone: (028) 61554359/15208141447
I heard that you gotta be careful at Emei Sahn, because the monkeys try to take everything from you and eat it.
Funny that you should mention the monkeys, because that is exactly what happened to us! Those monkeys were CRAZY. One tried to eat my friend’s hair, another bit a girl on the arm, and another took a lighter out of my classmate’s pocket, took his water bottle, drank the water, and stomped on it when it was empty.
loooveee your tumblr ! i was searching through travel blog and found yours, im planning to visit chengdu this year and your blog makes me want to go there even earlier :D
Hi Sheila! I’m really glad you found my blog on here and I hope it helps you as you plan your travels! I’m quite fond of Chengdu and am starting to appreciate it more and more as I travel to other cities.
Chengdu is commonly referred to as “The Land of Abundance” or as “The City in Heaven”. It’s fertile plains and diverse landscape allow for agricultural, industrial, and economic diversity. Because it is a large (if not the largest) transportation hub in Western China, travel to other regions is easily accesible. I’m sure you’ll enjoy yourself if you venture over!