Hangfan Holiday Hotel
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... hold the panda but the photos looked like it was very much a worthwhile experience.
On return to our Hostel, we attempted to go out for a few drinks and a nice dinner. Unfortunately, due to language difficulties we ordered a large plate of cold (and very fatty) duck and Kate ended up ...
... got to sit next to it and have their picture taken with it. The whole time the little guy is sitting there, one of the keepers continued to put honey on it's paw so that it would continue to be interested in staying put. These are the most gentle, docile creatures you can imagine, and they are enormous when they are full grown. It's really one of the craziest things I've ever seen. Giant pandas are definitely up there on the list of Levinson's favorite ...
... of a shock. We spent the rest of our time in Chengdu wandering around, we made in down to the Chairman Mao statue where for some reason a procession of police, army and ambulances went past with all the streets being blocked for traffic for them to pass. We also went to the People's Park which was full of people dancing and singing, very unlike a New Zealand park! It was very entertaining! Next stop is Xian, an overnight train trip, to see the terracotta ...
... and it took a little bit of time and walking to get to the adults section. It almost seemed off the beaten path and the crowds we had dealt with earlier were nowhere to be found here. It was nice being able to get several clear shots of the fuzzy pandas without someone trying to jump in for their own photos. We guessed that because it was so far from the entrance to the park, nobody really wanted to walk this far to see more ...
... Expectation: A normal shower in my room.
Reality: A shower nozzle I hold and spray myself off with
Expectation: Chinese students to be hospitable.
Reality: Being showered with undeserved kindness by every Chinese student I meet
Expectation: For the Chinese to be excited about foreigners, and maybe to have a few pictures snapped of me.
Reality: Stares. ALL the time. Constantly being asked to take a picture with someone. Hearing ...
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