Rainbird International Hotel Chengdu
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... yuan tip for all his help. The staff at the hostel are great and their English is excellent. Sally one of the traveller advisors at the hostel even helped me by printing and scanning UK Tax documents that I needed to send to my accountants at no charge. In some 5 star hotels they would charge at least $10 USD for that kind of service. It was nice to be back there and they put me in the same room I had on Monday night. I went to bed early as I needed to wake up early to see Panda ...
Yesterday we managed to cycle out of Chengdu during rush hour without causing any accidents - we're learning the "traffic dance" weaving amongst many cyclists, scooters, pedestrians, and cars. At least traffic is on the same side of the road as at home and there are often separate lanes for the bikes and scooters. Taxi drivers are the ones to watch out for!
It was a tiny bit cooler yesterday ...
... allowed better viewing of the pandas as they are out early. It took some persuading but Carole agreed to hold a baby panda (for a siginificant donation!) after which she felt it was one of the bst things she's ever done - she diid'nt express any comparisons with John or Becky!
Usual visits to silk brocaide factory and old town followed.
Flight to Guilin next and hopefully another highlight.
... this time, and perhaps are favorite moment was watching a young cub stumbling around eagerly trying to get his mom to play with him (or her). This included stepping on mum’s face (who was laying down to eat), and stealing mum’s food. After giving up on mum, the little guy/gal decided to tackle the biggest & highest stack of bamboo he could find, which happened to be right next to a steep ditch. As you’ve ...
... by a camel/Mongolian horse pen, where people were feeding the animals small bits of bamboo. I paid 1 kuai and got a bunch of bamboo to feed the camels myself. They were really quite funny. Here, I noticed that one of the horses was standing next the camels, presumably wanting some food as well, and I felt bad for it because it was being blocked by the much bigger camels. So, I decided to give some of my bamboo to the camels and some to the horse, which ...