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Giant panda

Everyone we met who had anything to say about Chengdu told us that there were so many fantastic things to do that we'd end up staying ages; "You'll never want to leave," people would say. Well, because of our time constraints, we ended up spending one whole day there!

We arrived on an overnight train, and found a guy at the station canvassing for a new hostel. It turned out to be a really good place. We got in, got to our room, had a quick shower, and immediately headed off on their tour to the giant panda sanctuary. Some would probably say that it's more like a zoo than a true sanctuary. We got to see lots of pandas, including red pandas, which are very cute.

We were back at our hostel in time for breakfast, with the obligatory panda soft toy in hand.

Red panda climbing
 After breakfast we headed into town and had a wander around. There's a large statue of Mao overlooking the main square in Chengdu, which is quite impressive. We spent some time wandering around a park, where there was some kind of flower festival on.

We managed to find a book shop which had a small selection of English language books for sale. We needed to top up, as we'd read everything we'd brought into China with us (I'd brought in Animal Farm and 1984, which would probably have been bad if they'd opened my bag at the border).

We'd headed to the station and investigated the trains to Guilin, and found that they took 37 hours, not the 10 hours which we'd thought based on information in the Lonely Planet. Because we were running out of days in China (we had a fixed date on which we needed to arrive in India to meet up with some of Zoe's family), we found a travel agent and booked ourselves a flight to Guilin for the following day. It was an early flight, so that's all we saw of Chengdu.

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Giant panda
Giant panda
Red panda climbing
Red panda climbing
Spot the red panda!
Spot the red panda!
In the park, at the flower show!
In the park, at the flower show!
Chengdu
photo by: spocklogic