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Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu May 3rd 2015

Hi All, Well when you're in Chengdu you've just got to go and see the pandas. It was lovely visiting at this time of year as the city and all the attractions are virtually deserted, well as deserted as a city with a population of 15 million can get. They are super cute! especially the babies up in the trees. It does make you wonder what they do with them all. I mean when they get older they cannot live together as they fight, giant pandas are very territorial. I was in the red panda enclosure and one came down the tree right in front of me. They are beautiful animals. I stayed in Hello Chengdu Hostel, new name for Sim's Cozy, which was virtually empty with it being spring Festival. The same couldn't be said ... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu April 24th 2015

The number of high rise apartment blocks under construction in Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan with a population of 10 million, and it's outskirts is mind-boggling. The fact that many completed blocks remain empty does not seem to be slowing down the construction. Keith and Doug counted over 100 cranes in a 30 minute road trip. We were told that young people cannot afford the apartments and, even if they could, wouldn't want to live in the ugly forests of tall buildings because they are too far from their work. We spent a fun morning at the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Centre that currently houses 132 giant pandas, both to study them and also to increase the panda population. We were told that this is a challenge because pandas tend to be sedentary and only ... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu April 21st 2015

We arrived at the Xi'an airport and there was another travel incident with Marty and Laila who didn't get tickets at first. The rest of us got to the gate where they were already boarding--surprisingly--and we got information they would close the gate in 20 minutes. Five minutes later Marty and Laila came through security and started for the gate. We were so happy they got tickets! It was a two-hour and ten-minute flight and when we got there we met our new guide, Emily. She looked a lot like Catherine, our guide in Beijing. Once we got out of the airport, etc., we headed to the hotel--the Crowne Plaza in downtown Chengdu. We went out to dinner that evening and had another delicious meal. The next morning we had breakfast and boarded our bus with ... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu » Jinniu April 17th 2015

We arrived very late at night in Chengdu and checked into 'Mrs. Panda's Hostel'. Linda and Maurice had a room while Lulu bunked in a dorm room for 4. Chengdu has a population of 7,000,000 and there are 30,000,000 in the province of Sichuan. It is a very clean modern city teeming with construction. The huge streets have 6 lanes and another 2 side lanes for turns, scooters and bikes. We woke about 8:15 and slowly got moving. Our plans were to head to the Chengdu Panda Research Base about 30 minutes away. We snacked in the taxi on dried fruit, cake and nuts from our stash while on the way to the preserve. It turned out to be a beautiful hot day. The giant pandas are not only a Chinese national treasure but are also ... read more
Panda Base Police Office outside the Preserve
Bright Cheery Ticket Office
Spectacular Gardens

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu March 14th 2015

12 / 13 / 14 mars Je suis de retour à Chengdu. Il ne me reste que deux jours en Chine avant de quitter pour la Malaisie (Kuala Lumpur)... et ensuite aller passer un 28 jours au Sri Lanka, sous le soleil qui sera certainement plus chaud et plus visible. C'est qu'ici, le ciel est comme un couvercle qui nous enferme tous dans un Tupperware de smog. Chengdu est une ville floue. Voilà. Je profite de ces deux jours pour planifier la suite de mon voyage, comme booker mes vols qui me feront bondir de Pays en Pays. Et je m'organise aussi, et c'était presqu'inévitable, une visite au "Giant Panda Breeding Research Base" de Chengdu. C'est que c'est le bon endroit pour observer les iconiques pandas ça. Observer les pandas... et les centaines de touristes chinois ... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu March 12th 2015

9 mars Je m'embarque dans un périple imprévu aujourd'hui. Voilà. C'est que Sally et le staff de l'auberge où je loge à Chengdu (le Flip Flop) ont loué une mini-van pour une excursion rarement (voire jamais) prisé par les touristes étrangers. Ça fait des mois qu'ils ont prévu le coup. Sally l'enjouée m'a demandé de me joindre à leur groupe: le plan c'est qu'au retour, ils passeront par Leshan, ville où je voulais me rendre aujourd'hui, de toutes façons. Tout ça fait du sens. J'accepte donc l'invitation... et me retrouve, sans contrôle mais en confiance, dans une mini-van avec 5 chinois. La destination demeure nébuleuse, mais Sally m'a parlé d'un train. Voilà tout. C'est après un deux heures et demie de route que nous voilà à débarquer en pleine campagne, entourés de ces champs de fleurs ... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu March 8th 2015

Today I spent my Sunday celebrating the Women's Day with my Chinese colleagues. Every year in Italy I spend this day (actually...This night) eating pizza with friends and then going to a club where there are sexy male strippers..ahahah. This year it is different: I am in China and Chinese culture and habits are quite different from ours.. so, the aim of this post is to show how usual chinese girls spend this kind of celebration. We left the hotel in which we work at 9 am and got to the Chengdu countryside at about 10 o'clock. We sat outside the restaurant playing cards and drinking green tea. Then we moved inside and ate the typical chinese restaurant lunch (which is actually very different from the food we eat in Chinese restaurants abroad). I ate duck ... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu March 7th 2015

6 mars J'entre dans la gare de Kunming. Il est 15h00. J'ai une heure d'avance sur le départ de mon train. Les salles d'attente sont pleines. Saturées à fendre. Il manque de bancs ici. Les voyageurs se regroupent donc dans les passages, assis sur leurs valises à roulettes et leurs sacs de jute gonflés. La marée de chinois encore une fois m'observe en mâchouillant bruyamment des nouilles ramollit dans des bols jettables en styromousse. Je m'achète aussi les nouilles "Ramen", pour passer le temps davantage que par appétit. Je reste debout, lourdement équipé comme une mule. Les gates ouvrent et la masse se précipite dans les entrées. Mon linge propre et moi-même attendons la dernière vague, sans inquiétude: j'ai une couchette "hard sleeper" qui m'est réservée. Mon wagon est full. Comme une ruche. 11 alcôves X ... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu November 21st 2014

Hey followers So Neil started to write this blog....was basically a rant about the 3rd class train from Chengdu to Guilin. 25 hours, only £35 though. Wasn't too bad, I finished Gone Girl, amazing scenery out of the window too. So Neil had this blogged finished and then the internet crashed so he lost it all-my version is definitely not as detailed as you can see. I am going to re-write what I wrote some how!!! Im pissed off!!! We had a lie in in Chengdu morning as the weather was awful!! We were going to go to the Chengdu university where Vick stayed while working on her dissertation in uni, but for the weather!! We headed for breakfast Vick had some fruit but i had this amazing spicy beef hot roll, it was so good!!! ... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu November 18th 2014

Hello Followers, We mainly came to Chengdu to visit the Giant Panda breeding research centre. It is about 10km north of Chengdu however, it's quite hard to get there via public bus if you can't speak the language. Louisa and I did it a few years ago but we had our Chinese friend Amanda to escort us on the bus. This time though, Neil and I paid about £13 each for a tour from our hostel. A private car picked the two of us up at 7.30am and drove us to the research centre, the ticket entrance was also included and then the driver took us around the feeding areas for the pandas, which happens first thing in the morning before they all go back to their favourite pastime: sleeping. Going this early meant we missed ... read more
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