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We decided to go and see a massive statue of Buddha, it was in a town called Leshan and there was also an ornamental garden and some other temples as well, so the two hours drive promised to be worth it. We arrived after four hours due to an accident and quickly made our way to the entrance along with a wave of other tourists. Leshan means happy mountain, lets see shall we. The Buddha is a reasonable walk through some ...
... are nice parks, people dancing in the streets and Kim's favourite many Starbucks.
We decided to rent an apartment, that was cheaper then most, if not all the hotels in the city, besides of course the hostels. We were not disappointed as the room is large and well equipped. It will be a nice staging point to explore the rest of the city, see the pandas and venture out to the national parks in the next couple days.
Today was a day we had both been looking forward to since we arrived in China. We were going to see the Pandas. We were both up early for an arranged tour, which meant we would be able to catch them enjoying their breakfast before they collapsed and fell asleep in some very odd places and positions. I was suffering from a hot pot hangover, I don't think such a phrase exists but I'm sure it'll take off now (like I felt I would). A very bad scenario ...
... to go see the pandas, but apparently there was some problem so we couldn't enter the park. By that time we were all a bit dissapointed but we finally got to see the cute cute pandas in the end. However we learned that we wouldn't really interact with the pandas, and that we had to pay extra if we wanted to get a picture with the pandas (500yen for 30 seconds!!)
The next day was much better though. We got to feed the pandas panda cake ...
... had planned to stay at. We ate dinner just beneath the monastery where the waiter enjoyed making jokes at the foreigner's expense. He seemed to especially like it when I understood his jokes. Though he enjoyed joking with me he was a rather nice guy and gave our group free bottled water before we left.
It was 8 when we got to the restaurant and 10 when we checked in to rooms at the monastery. We woke up at 7 the next morning and started hiking at 8, but we were ...