Ibis Hotel Chengdu Kehua
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... big columns. It was also the junction of the two subway metro lines.
Disappointed we set off for another nearby monument which did exist but was in the centre of the People's Park. This a beautiful area with a lake and row boats and nice gardens.
It is obviously popular as the pedestrian crossing to it was about 25 metres wide. It would have been very peaceful except for the multiple large ...
... 1,000 year old and 71m tall Buddha carved into the mountain side. After a long hike up, we turned the corner and were greeted by the profile of the enormous Buddha. We made our way down a very steep and winding staircase alongside the Buddha moving from head to gigantic toe. It's hard to describe the sheer size of the Buddha, but it really was incredible. Definitely one of my favorite sites this ...
So this Saturday I was invited to go to the graduation of the children that I taught. Many of them are complete darlings :)
I really wanted to go and so I got up at 7 to got to their graduation. The buses were running slightly late so I only got there on time, not early as I had planned.
First I was shown to a seat which was labled with my name, and ...
... many argue this is because of the amount of excess rock that was dumped into the river, changing the nature of the water.
Chengdu's main attraction is the panda sanctuary and it was another early morning to go to the sanctuary. I can't think that I have ever seen a panda in real life, they aren't any in UK zoos anyway. They are massive and they don't look very realistic because they are so different, it is as if ...
... room for a while watching Hellboy which was playing. Eventually we got up the gumption to get up around 1pm and get some lunch.
We decided to go to the Tibetan Quarter (on the map the hostel gave us) and were able to walk along the river for most of it which was lovely. The weather was being much more cooperative...the sun was shining and it was probably around 25 degrees or so. When we got to the Tibetan Quarter, we didn't really find much ...