Panda's Postpone Pedalling
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Where I stayed
Sims Cosy Garden Hostel
We spent a good three hours watching pandas. The research centre was well designed and a centre of excellence for Panda conservation. The animals themselves were incredible. At first sight it really does look like they have just dressed a few people up in panda bear costumes but as you spend time watching them munch away on bamboo you see them as the personalities that they are
A huge amount of our time was spent watching the cubs in the nursery. They played around, climbing and wrestling and provided the biggest dose of 'cuteness’ I think I have ever seen. On the way out we enjoyed the 15 minute film which covered the mating process (not easy with these unwilling solitary beings). Amusing Chinese translations on how to extract Panda sperm using electronic devices, punctuated by bursts of Enya, were washed down with a frozen finger warming Hot Chocolate.
We had agreed that today would be our departure, back on the bikes and pedalling off on the 5000 mile trip to Singapore. However, snow and Panda excitement was prompting us to have a rethink. It did not take much discussion to decide that we were not up for it today. We would be up against it for time and we were already so cold and wet it would not be an enjoyable afternoon battling our way out of China’s 5th largest city. We were also not sure what the guy, who we had left to fix our bikes, had been up to all morning.
We returned to Sims Cozy Garden Hostel to find our nice little Chinese man had really done the business with the bikes. Both gear rear cassettes had been replaced and the bikes were running beautifully. What a result, we were ready to pedal off with everything working perfectly. However, it was still blimin’ cold so here we are, sitting back in the hostel bar, nicely snuggled up and watching the snowfall outside. Piggy even managed to wolf down a full English breakfast for lunch. Why not? It is Monday!