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Giant Pandas & Rabbit Food

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Panda face
One of the highlights of a visit to Chengdu - and, indeed, China - is to get a glimpse of those elusive idiots of the animal kingdom, the giant panda. "Why an idiot?" you say. I'll tell you. This is an animal who can only eat certain types of its food source, bamboo, otherwise it will die. This is an animal that can only digest about 20 percent of that food source so has to spend all its time eating. This is an animal that has low reproductivity rates, both in the wild and in captivity. This is an animal that often ends up killings its first-born because it doesn't recognise it as offspring. No wonder it's endangered! Useless! The dodo must be spinning in its grave, wondering how the panda got away with it and he didn't.
Black swan with just a few fish

 
That said, they are pretty cute.
 
The park itself is pretty big, with a number of enclosures. I turned down the opportunity to have some alone time and photos with a giant panda on the basis that it would sting me about 65 quid for five minutes. Instead, I headed to the poor-man's panda, the red panda, to have a photo with it for just two or three quid. It must have heard me refer to it as a dud, though, opting to have a hissy fit so that the assistant turned down the cheapskates queing for a photos.
 
Before catching an overnight train to Xi'an, we had time to visit a couple of famous and pleasant areas around Chengdu. The highlight was Wenshu temple, where - and some people may feint at this - I ate at a vegetarian restaurant. I know, I'm shocked, too. I followed the masses, and bought the concept that the food was prepared in such a way that it was meant to replace the meat. So we got what was supposed to be Peking duck but was actually tofu, sweet and sour pork which was actually potato, and some others that I forget that were equally an undeceiving. Like the hotpot, a new experience, but one that might be limited to once and only once. Sorry, animals, but you taste so damn good. It's your own fault.
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Panda face
Panda face
Black swan with just a few fish
Black swan with just a few fish
Around Chengdu
Around Chengdu
Wake up, you! We have to eat all d…
Wake up, you! We have to eat all …
And so am I, and so do I.
And so am I, and so do I.
How rude
How rude
The poor mans panda
The poor man's panda
Num-nums.
Num-nums.
Chengdu
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