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Pandas and Planning

rain 16 °C
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We were up at the crack of dawn today to go and see the pandas at the Chengdu Panda Research Centre. It was amazing! Despite the pouring rain, the pandas were out and about which consisted mainly of eating bamboo, sleeping or trying to climb. Completely fascinating to watch. They are incredible! I think between us we probably took several hundred photos!!

We were even lucky enough to see two baby pandas which are not even a month old yet! They were in incubators and looked so tiny and completely helpless. Very very cute though!

This afternoon we spent in the hostel lounge / bar / common room planning the rest of our route through China (so far we haven't planned more than a couple of days ahead). It took a while but we've succesfully managed to book all our hostels for the rest of our time in China!! Go us!!

We did attempt to go out for dinner this evening but quickly realised that no restuarants around the hostel have any pictures / english on them. Feeling a tad unadventurous, we opted for dinner at the hostel which was actually really good (and ridiculously cheap)! We've also made sure to write down the chinese characters for the essentials (chicken, pork, beef, rice, noodles, beer etc...) so we don't get caught out again! Thanks again Feifan for recommending the Translate app for the iphone; vey helpful! We'll give our new found knowledge a go tomorrow!

Tam xx

Posted by Tam-Jo 21:58 Archived in China Tagged chengdu

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