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... the joke category. It looked a hilly, leafy, green land with very red earth when uncovered. The airport we came into was opened two years ago and is vast and attractive. The baggage claim area alone was astonishing and the whole place confirmed again our feeling of the confidence of Chinese architecture and the general thrusting forward as a nation. Met outside by our new guide, Wing, we were whisked away into town and to our hotel. With ...
AHHHH!!!!! Today was AMAZING!!!!!!! We got to hold a Giant Panda!!!!!!!
We took a 1 hour bus ride to the Giant Panda Conservation and Research Center, where we had the amazing opportunity to hold a panda. To our knowledge, this is the only place in the entire world where you can hold one. It was absolutely incredible. You walk behind a screen, and there it is! It is the cutest little fuzz ball of fur. ...
... they look more like raccoons than pandas. We saw a wonderful video of the IVF treatment and it's success. Last year 12 pandas were born and survived as opposed to six the previous year.
A few Panda Facts
- Breeding time - only a few days in the Spring - they are very fussy about who they mate with.
- IVF usually used - incubators reduce the high infant mortality rate in the wild.
- Baby pandas weigh ...
... the Japanese during the Second World War. It was actually a fairly good film, but quite shocking and graphic. It was a good experience that we all enjoyed and as a bonus the lady gave us an extra drink with our very sweet popcorn.
After a stroll though the flashing lights of downtown Chengdu, we headed back to hostel and called it a night.
(travelers please note that doing the Panda’s DIY saved us about $20 Aus ...
... against it because of possible high prices and lack of room in my suitcase. The pictures and my memories would be my souvenir.
I walked out of the park and caught the No. 18 bus again to go back to the dorm, not before being heckled to take a cab by cabbies who were stalking outside of the park. After I told them that I was taking the bus in Chinese, they complimented my language speaking abilities and proceeded to try to convince me further. ...