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Published: October 31st 2016
Left Xiahe in snow - the truck was covered in icicles but fortunately it wasn't cold enough to freeze the diesel. We had a slow trip through some mountain passes and camped by some prayer flags at 3378 metres. Next morning the tents were covered in a blanket of snow. Hoping this is the end of the cold weather as we have now descended to Chengdu. The road wound down through a river gorge with amazing scenery, and what I would describe as typical Chinese towns and villages. There were a number of very long tunnels (Futang Tunnel 5347 metres long). Now settled into a hotel in Chengdu in the heart of the tourist area, and near the Chinese Opera.
And now for the tourist activities:
First the Pandas at the Giant Panda Breeding Centre - there in time to see them have breakfast - how cute are they. We saw some mature ones, yearlings and some 4 months old - and even caught a glimpse of the brown panda (looked more like a raccoon with a striped tail).
And then in the evening we went to the Chinese Opera and had the chance to have
make-up and put on the proper costumes - fantastic experience. And the show was a mix of singing, music, puppetry, comedy (lost on us), acrobatics and mask changing. Wow.
Off towards Dali tomorrow - only 3 more bush camps to go :-)
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