Chatty recently made a trip downtown to the Chinese Cultural Center, where she found wonderful restaurants, lovely stores and a gigantic Oriental market selling everything from fresh vegetables and fish to Chinese herbs and rice cookers. Chatty used to take for granted all the wonderful Oriental markets in the Los Angeles area, but they are fewer and farther between here in Arizona, so Chatty had a wonderful time strolling the aisles and trolling for tasty treasures.
Best of all, the Cultural Center has a magnificent traditional garden, with an ornamental pond, pavilions, statues and carvings. Although the garden has busy streets steps away on two sides, it is nevertheless a peaceful oasis where one can stroll and meditate.
Naturally, Chatty went a bit crazy taking pictures – but she has winnowed it down to these, and hopes you will get a sense of the place from them.