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... to take photos and videos, and could even bring our own drinks into the show. Beer is a favourite so far, as a bottle 600ml size costs between 25-40 pence.
As it was the final night in Chengdu, an optional night out in a club was available. But as we are 25 and recently turned 26, we were far too old and tired. Instead we turned in for the night hoping to fully recover from our previous train before the next night’s train.
For our final day ...
... flown the coop on me and I must keep this entry relatively brief, remember that I'm still 3 months behind!
So after lazing in that wonderful city for nearly three weeks, meeting countless people, and having boundless fun I caught a flight for Kathmandu, I packed my bike up in a box, paid way too much for extra luggage and was off the ground by 7 am on September 12th. Nepal would hold me in its grasps for about 70 days, I'd bike around a bit and wait out the month and ...
... observe the most tender acts of compassion throughout what appears to be uncontained chaos.
This is a face of Chengdu we did not expect.
Another surprise is the larger than life statue of Mao Tse Tung, father of the Communist Revolution, that stands in the center of the town square at the heart of this city. Somehow, we were of the notion that Chairman Mao's form and face of communism had faded and was considered a bit threadbare in this new China ...
I arrived in Chengdu around 1:30pm Chengdu time, our flight was delayed an hour because a connecting flight was running late and their were passengers from that plane that were supposed to be on ours. I made small talk with a woman from Hong Kong on the flight. She was on her way to Tibet to research Buddhist stuff. She talked to me about Chinese characters and how they were formed. She talked about Buddhist practices.
We arrived to the ...
Well, this is it. My first sojourn in another city in China. And I'm going to see some pandas!
I was too excited to sleep on Saturday morning, even though lie-ins are a rarity these days. I was about to depart for Chengdu, Sichaun Province with Lucy! We had booked the flights during the week, remembering vows we had taken on arriving in China, to actually see China.
Miniature suitcase packed (with hot water bottle and extra socks) ...