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A journey in to China's westernmost metropolis...

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 In May this year, Sichuan Airlines made international news when a co-pilot was partially sucked out of a shattered cockpit window during the breakfast service on one of their flights.

Just a few months earlier, the same airline was making news of a different kind:  Reasonably-priced airfares to celebrate the opening of their new route; a direct flight from Melbourne to Chengdu.  So in April Max Couling, Hootie Andrewes, Jarrad Carlin, Rowan White, Tully West and myself arrived in China’s westernmost metropolis and commenced the time-honoured Chinese tradition of trying to find out whether the hotel we had booked actually existed.