Worlds largest Panda Breeding Centre
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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Where I stayed
Three Gorges Hostel over looking the Yangtze
We started with Red Pandas, then saw the adults and juvenile Giant Pandas, before moving on to the baby Panda's and really emotional Panda film about breeding in captivity. Erica was nearly crying at the film. We had that much of a good time we almost considered the 1000 Yuan (100 Pound) to hold a panda and have a picture taken with it.
We got back from the pandas late which only gave us an hour to get lunch (bearing in mind no breakfast and we wouldnt get to Chongqing till later)
Anyway despite the delay and panic (and the fact that we damaged a piece of someones property rendering the locker unusable which I still feel guilty about) we caught our first bullet train, the maximum speed of the trains is reported to exceed 350kmh.
We arrive in Chongquing and realised that we couldn't remember which Youth Hostel we were book in. We did however manage to find another huge internet cafe full of men playing online games (these places are mad loads of people shouting whilst stalking people on line with guns).
Trying to explain to the taxi driver and policemen where we wanted to go took about 15 minutes and after following the map we pretty much found the hostel ourselves, thanks to myself and Rorie
A few problems now with no charge in camera no space on memory cards and no internet means we have very few pictures and so are stealing of Rorie and Emer at some stages. We also went walking through Chongquing which is really interesting, 'the mountain city' the locals call it and we absolutely loved the 'old chinese' feel of the area we were in. Rorie's video that I will download starts to capture what I mean by this.
Lots of outdoor butchers and cooking stalls, as well as a beggar that had what can only be described as the most tumerous leg you have ever seen (his foot was about 6 times the size of a normal foot and on a funny angle and one leg was about 3.5 feet long). I would have loved a picture and decent donation to him but I think I was overruled as it was pretty cruel.
We ended up watching the pleasure cruisers go past lit up reflecting on how china was blowing our minds. We ended up booking a bus at 7am followed by a hydrofoil (speed boat that pops up out of the water) followed by another bus. The hostel also booked us a 2 star hotel as there are no hostels (and no tourists) apparently a man would hold up Andrew when we arrived (something that gave Rorie a great deal of ammunition for some fat jokes).
We all slept in a six person dorm and all awoke at one point in the night to hear the scuttling of tiny feet above us I think we are all convinced it was a rat.