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 Chengdu: Today we took a 19 hour overnight train to Chengdu. Bruce performed a miracle by getting us through the train station. The place was a madhouse. Jill stuck out in the crowd, and wherever she went, little kids were always saying "hello, hello" like little parrots. The train provided good accommodations (even a Western style toilet!), so we were able to sleep (and do the aforementioned) easily. The scenery was fantastic as we rolled along mountains and river valleys. The only incident occurred when we jumped off at a village stop, mistaking a 5 minute break for 15 minutes. We had a good sprint back to the train!
(Above) Another train picture: these sleeper trains are a great way to travel (Below) Delusions of grandeur