Ear cleaning, at People’s Park; Chengdu, China

Chengdu is known for being the birthplace of tea culture, for being home to the world’s giant pandas, for being maybe the first city in the world to use printed currency, for having the spiciest cuisine in China, for having some of the best teahouses in China (with regard to atmosphere, if not necessarily the tea itself); and, apparently, Chengdu is also known for its ear cleaning.

I had my ears cleaned today in People’s Park. It was 30 RMB for both ears, or a total of 90 RMB for the full lavage, which of course the cleaner failed to mention until he was halfway through the cleaning. We settled on 75 RMB ($11.80 USD), and it was worth every yuan.. He poked, prodded, and even use vibration tools to loosen whatever junk had taken up residence in my aural cavities.

Ear cleaning, 75 RMB; People’s Park, Chengdu.

After getting my ears cleaned in People’s Park; Chengdu, Sichuan province, China.

Drinking chrysanthemum tea (12 RMB), my new favorite, and having my ears cleaned.

Yep, this gross ball of something was once inside my ear, but fortunately now it is gone, discarded on the ground at the teahouse in People’s Park; so, although I’ll leave Chengdu, part of me remains there forever.