It was consistent. Every encounter I had with a local in Chengdu China was wonderful and they all went out of their way to make sure I had a blast in my first backpacking trip this year.
On my first day exploring, I received a handful of nuts for free from Auntie after she cooked me my dumpling soup, the next Auntie made an effort to catch me and return the change I paid for my 3 dollar meal, uncle cab made multiple stops to make sure he understand where I want to go and the last auntie gave me their own chopsticks and porcelain spoon for my takeaway food! They all want me to be at my happiest! They kept talking in Mandarin and smiling back. We all laughed because we can’t understand each other but yeah we got there eventually.
This is the world I want you to see. It’s not just about skyscrapers, exotic wildlife and breath taking sceneries when you travel; it’s about seeing how beautiful humans are.
I did all my exploring alone without being a part of a tour. Ben, the hostel staff at Mr Panda Hostel, gave me all the tips and number of buses to take to go around. I followed instructions in Chinese that was translated for me in English by strangers . Eventually, I was able to go to Leshan and Mt Emei, without a map, by myself.
I gave my phone to strangers and asked them if they can take a photo of me. None of them ran away. They were more than happy to help me capture the moments I have in their province.
Have faith in humanity. Not everyone who will approach you will try to rip you off.
So I prayed on temples. I thanked all Gods for all the blessings I kept on receiving. I saw wishes of thousands of locals written in the wood and saw them light their candles and burn it as they close their eyes and pray.
When you travel alone, you will attract more people who are eager to know you and share something to you.
Ask for help when you’re lost. Give them the chance to help you and feel great about it especially when you bow and say thank you in local tongue.
You’ll be surprised with the kindness you’ll receive!