Ibis Hotel (Chengdu Yongfeng)
Travel Blogs from Chengdu
Today was at long last one of the highlights of the trip. We visited the Chengdu Panda Sanctuary. This is a breeding and panda study area as in the 1970's China realized that their national treasure was dying off due to interbreeding and loss of habitat. We were very lucky in that a baby had been born in July rather than the normal August to September. We would be able to see the baby in the incubator section.
We took the trolley (10 yuan and we'll worth it) up ...
... and the road was good and flat so we carried on past PiXian to Dujiangyan for a 63km ride. We must have looked a bit worse for wear with the heat because anywhere we stopped for a drink break they insisted that we were sit by the fan - one lady searched out a fan to cool us off.
The little Mandarin we learned is helpful but we're relying on sign language and a phrase book a lot.
... for the pandas, as i took quite a few,
The most sad news from here though, was that Emily, one of the girlies, is going home (via oz) She was not really enjoying herself anymore and was tremendously homesick. With her and Jay leaving, i have lost 2 of my closest friends, in the space of a week. Time to sort out the head and get over my own homesickness..... Bring on the beaches of SE Asia and get me the hell out of these Chinese cities!
... minute video on pandas, which has some funny and random bits of propaganda (i.e. ‘Mother Panda’s like to kiss, hug, cuddle, nurture and feed their babies, just like Chinese women do!’ – close to verbatim what was said in english!)
After heading back into town, we decided we’d try and go see a movie in the cinema, and went about trying to find a theatre where there was either an English movie or ...
... I'm living in a huge, luxury apartment for a price unfathomable in the Seattle.
- Shaokao and Street Food
I love just strolling around the city and stopping to pick up some cheap, yummy, street food because my taste-buds cannot resist it's alluring aroma. Perfect for nights where you're just out way too late and want a little midnight snack.
- Babies & Little Kids
Too cute! Babies always make ...