Jinjiang Inn Chengdu Dongfeng Bridge
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... br> We pass wishing we could buy from each and every one of these poor folks
We wonder how they can make a living
Only the Big Buddha knows
ON THE LESHAN CITY BUS
We are on a bus from downtown Leshan to the Big Buddha
National Heritage Site
And typical of Alex, he strikes up a conversation with a Grandpa and his little charge
... me? Our local guide Susie told us she would make sure the instruments were cleaned between cleanings for us. What, pray tell, do they normally do????? There were some very interesting performers and registers and decibels that my ears and brain have never heard before. There was Chinese comedy that was challenging to follow, but you just needed to follow the audience's lead. The finger puppets and mask/face changing were the best..We head to Xian by 5am ...
We woke up bright and early today but it didn't matter coz we were going to see the pandas!!!! We had a quick breakfast then set off.. The pandas were calling us. We went on a tour thru the hostel but the driver as lovely as he was didn't speak English so it was a case of following the waving hand.. He actually recruited some other tourists who weren't on the tour with us by doing this.. He clearly liked having a group to follow him! ...
... my Mom and sister Nicole) are super-women who want to experience the whole ordeal naturally for the health of the child. She had a horrified look on her face when I told her this. I then assured her that my Mom gave birth to me naturally, no painkillers, and that the intense pain was over the instant I was born and that all the agony was worth it once she held me in her arms. Granted, I still think my Mom tells me this story simply because she doesn't want to scare me ...
... were actually quiet and talked in hushed tones. After a mediocre lunch at their "highly recommended" vegetarian restaurant (made mediocre by the fact that our rice was forgotten about and the waitresses were probably the worlds laziest) we headed home on the metro.
After our disappointing lunch we were keen to eat some decent real Sichuan food, so off to the hotpot we went. The "hotpot" we had ...