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Travel Blogs from Chengdu
... incubator was the tiniest panda you have ever seen - white, almost hairless and tiny! Baby pandas weigh around 100g when they are born, I'm not sure what this one weighed, but it was about the size of a big hamster! This is the youngest captive bred panda in the world at the moment - what a privilege to see it! But we weren't finished .... in the next incubator was another white panda - pandas stay white until they are about ...
... you lying b*tch” I snapped back. We wandered over to where we had got off the bus and waited, along with four other westerners.
The bus duly arrived, and we boarded. I had expected it to do a u-turn and go back the way we came, but it didn’t, oh no, we set off further into the outskirts of Chengdu, and finally into the countryside. The bus slowed and stopped, and the driver shouted something in Mandarin at us, ‘uh ...
... I can't believe this place!!! I'm sorry, but I am not even going to try to take a bus today. We will have to hang out another time." She is laughing on the other end of the line and says, "I think you are finally experiencing some culture shock." Maybe she is right. Today was the first time I felt so out of place. How people can act simply crazy when a bus approaches is completely beyond me. I have never been the type to take a bus, so maybe it is like this in the U.S. ...
... but no one knew anything. Then it happened...
A couple of long ropes were strung out to make a "corridor" of about 150m. People start it sit behind these. Horsemen started to take their mounts to one end. We thought maybe we should stay a little longer!
The horsemanship skills that were then displayed were awesome, if not a little crazy too. They fell into three distinct categories. Firstly, out and out charging - either alone or with ...
... you won’t teach me how to play poker. Blackjack then. At silk street - I got a jade Buddha, stamp with my name Georgia and Lian in Chinese, and two bags. It was tiring with all the haggling..I am getting good at haggling…I’ll have a haggling duel with you if you want. My feet hurt from shopping”.
We arrive in bucolic Chengdu. NOT. It is huge - 12 million people - and all of them in their cars ...
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center