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February 26th 2017
Published: June 25th 2017
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I was up at a reasonable hour of the morning, but had to just keep busy for a couple hours until Kainan arrived. I realized this is the first time visiting a friend with kid duty. He came by around 11am and we packed up and walked over to a TexMex restaurant nearby for lunch. Kainan's daughter is very cute and she calls me WaiShuShu, or Foreign Uncle.

After lunch we hopped in the car to head up to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, aka Panda Place. The zoo is very nice and the pandas appear to have good living conditions. They tend to sit around all day eating endless shoots of bamboo. The park also had a couple separate enclosures where some red panda specimens roamed among the tourists.

Last stop in the park was a museum-ish building that housed several exhibits on panda mating, panda newborns, butterflies, and other natural subjects. Overall I give the Panda Place very high marks. There was more to see but we had a toddler so time was limited.

We dropped Kainan's wife and kid off at his condo so she could take her afternoon nap. Kainan and I headed over to Global Center, the largest building in the world by finished floor space at 18m sqft. The building really is a sight to behold, the scale is impressive no matter where you stand, inside or out. The center is a water park with a Disney-sized wave pool. The bottom several floors is a mall and half of that is to be a Lotte World that has yet to open. We grabbed a few snacks, souvenirs, and some gelato before heading out. One interesting thing is that the parking garage has a little light above each parking space that shows green or red depending on whether a car is occupying the space. This lets you look for open spaces with less driving.

Next we went nearby to the Tianfu Software Complex where Kainan works for a chip design company. The park is roughly three dozen 20+ story office buildings. His office layout was essentially a cube farm, although he had a nice window office with high views of the nearby river. In the neighboring building we saw Garmin's China office.

We walked and talked a bit more and then he took me to the airport for my departure. Checkin was no problem and the lounge was fine, except that my flight disappeared from the TV listing the departures. I asked and they said it was delayed 30 minutes. Nice, any flight that is delayed is removed from the TV, therefore all flights are on-time. Sigh.

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