So I leave for Chengdu today and I wanted to share with you everything I watched and read to prep for my upcoming trip. So maybe I can encourage you to go to China.
First up, the Food Ranger… omg sweet sweet Trever, I am in love with his YouTube channel. He lives in Chengdu, loves to eat and travel. I am only going to share one of his videos with you because I feel he is a must watch on YouTube so you need to head over there asap. This man might actually be responsible if I end up in Malaysia in the very near future… JS.
Huang’s World. I am not sure if you guys are into vice but I love this dude. He is a must watch and I love how he digs deeper into culture especially considering that this is in fact his culture. #LoveHim
When it come to travel bloggers I have a few that I always search to see if they have been to a certain place I am traveling to. At first my favorite bloggers didn’t have much on Chengdu, then Lee Abbamonte spent Christmas in Chengdu and as always wrote a pretty comprehensive article on visiting. He visited everything I am planning on visiting so it was nice to see an article on this.
While Katie no longer blogs (SUPER SADFACE I adored her perspective on travel plus we are close to the same age) She wrote a comprehensive article on volunteering with the pandas. I chose to do the paid quick photo opp route due to my limited time in Chengdu but I absolutely feel this is a way to cut costs and give back.
Anthony Bourdain. You can watch the episode on Netflix and it is hilarious and 100% responsible as to why I am going on this trip. I am not a foodie but I am excited to try one bowl of spicy noodles and a hot pot (although I had hot pot in Beijing).
You can read the trip report article on CNN here
Click the link below to read the book I read on Kindle Unlimited to give me an idea of what I can do in Chengdu. It was a very informative book that gave me a lot of insight into the trip.
So there you go the main sources I used in my Chengdu research. I hope this encourages you to book a flight to Chengdu (or China in general in the future) aside from the smog it really is an amazing adventure.