Blogs from Chengdu, Sichuan, China, Asia - page 84


Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu April 26th 2007

A trip to China is not complete without seeing the giant panda. We traveled to Chengdu to visit the Panda Research Center and to take a road trip near the Tibetan boarder. We met a couple at the guesthouse we were staying in that had already arranged a 5 day jeep tour in the area we wanted to go and they asked us if we wanted to join in. It was 5 days of amazing scenery and pure entertainment. We had a driver that did not speak even one word of English. The only instruction he was given was to take the four of us to Wolong, Danba, a Tibetan Village, Kanding and to be back by the 26th of April. During day 1 we were supposed to go to Wo Long where there is a ... read more
Traveling to Kanding
Near Danba

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu April 7th 2007

Chongqing to Chengdu Matt and Ed Matt: After four days of singing, dancing and drinking our way down the Yangtze, we were woken for the final time by the chimes of our cabin tannoy followed by a couple of lines of Chinese and (apparently) an English translation. Ed (who has become an expert in Chinglish), explained that the message had announced our arrival in the city of Chongqing and told us that we were being booted off the MV Emperor. I groaned, and through a half opened eye, peered out of our porthole only to be depressed by what lay beyond. Chongqing definitely would not win any beauty contests! Its 32 million residents cling precariously to the sides of several rocky mountains that drop steeply into the brown polluted waters of the Yangtze. Apart from ... read more
Rude awakening
Hanging out in the hood
Panda cub

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu April 3rd 2007

Upon completion of our teaching with Global Volunteers, we flew to Chengdu, 1 1/2 hrs from Xi'an. Chengdu, is known today as the 'GATEWAY TO TIBET'. It is an ancient city, 2,000 yrs old, with a long history. It was capital of Sichuan Provence during the 'Han Dynasty', 220-265 A.D. In ancient times, it was known as the 'CITY OF SILK'. It was the beginning of the silk road which continued south towards Yunnan Provence (Kunming) and into Burma, India;the end of the silk road was Xi'an. The highlight of Marilyn's time in Chendgu were the pandas! There is a large panda breeding facility an hour out of the city which we went to. They have been very successful at breeding the pandas They are bred at 5yrs of age & are quiet, rather solitary ... read more

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu April 1st 2007

Well I guess I should start with an April Fool's joke but I can't be bothered! I don't think it's 'celebrated' here, so when in Rome... Summer is officially here in Sichuan. If you live in China or happen to be here when the season changes, you'll notice they change within a blink of an eye, literally within a week. A week ago I was wearing a cardigan, the occasional scarf and wasn't even considering exposing my toes to the air! However since then it has jumped several degrees to the mid 20'Cs, the sun has been out (very unusual for Chengdu as we are on a plain and what with that and the pollution, we rarely see blue sky) and the air-con has become a necessity! I have been moaning about being cold for ... read more
street near Wenshu Temple
in Wenshu Temple
me at the River-Viewing Pavilion

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu March 23rd 2007

How these creatures have survived I will never know. Not only do they eat a food that is so deficient in nutrients that they need to eat bamboo for 12 hours a day just to survive, but they also refuse to eat half the varieties of bamboo that grow in the wild (60). On top of that they choose to eat the part of the bamboo that is worst for them (the stalk: they eat the leaves and shoots in winter when the stalks are not available. They only have to eat these for 8 hours a day to survive). Even after all that has been taken into account they give birth when the young is so underdeveloped that the chance of survival is very low. Each mother gives birth to 1 or 2 but only ... read more

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu March 23rd 2007

Now before I start this blog I must add a little poem that I am particularly proud of. I had a moment (or rather 12 hours) of inspiration on the way over from London and thought I'd share it with you. I've called it (rather cleverly I thought) 'The trip to Honkers......I'm going bonkers'. I'm sure you can imagine the quality of my work already.....?! And so starts the trip Off I go Canada a distant memery Traipsing through the snow The trip of a lifetime It's been such a long wait At Heathrow I depart 52 is my gate Flying into Hong Kong My first port of call So much to see and do I'll have a right ball I'll keep everyone updated, with my travelblog on line Happy and sad and sometimes I'll whine ... read more

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu March 22nd 2007

Chengdu - the Bejing of Sichuan. Wide avenues and junctions, many department store, huge supermarkets, and western top designer stores. le noa kaav ha lev. amarti la - lo nora nikne be sof ha tiol. The tzfifut of the Macdonalds resturants is higher than in New York - noa approved. On contrary to the lonley planet book, that wish that the city will stay jiffa as it used to be, the chines have built a modern city and resereved few streets with the old arcituctre, although very commertial (suveners shops, fancy restaurants and starbuck's coffee). There are some impressive temples and nice parks with tea houses, were we enjoyed reading a book and some interesting kinds of teas. One of the parks we meet unsurprisingly Mr. lee - 37 years old tourist guide that hang ... read more
The opera - act 1
Amir at Sim's cozy guesthouse
The opera - act 2

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu March 14th 2007

Dear Parents, This morning, the students attended their last two periods of lesson. Some of them were busy taking photos with their classmates and teachers. At around 10 a.m. we brought the students out to do their final shopping. They purchased items from a supermarket, an IT shop and an accessory shop. There were a few who bought MP3 and MP4 players. After lunch, the students had a farewell gathering with their buddies. Our students put up three performances: a Chinese song item, a traditional-costume fashion show and a Malay song ‘Chan Mali Chan’. They also played some games with their Chinese friends. We’re proud to say that our students were very sporting and volunteered more spontaneously than their Chinese friends. Nadhirah deserves special mention, as she had really done us proud by giving her best ... read more
Chinese Song
Spider Man

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu March 14th 2007

These are some of the messages that were supposed to be uploaded two days ago. NURNADIA NATASHA BTE AHAMAD A Hello!! tk tau nk ckp ape…haha..i miss u guyz sooo much!! Tk sabar nk balik! I’ve got somting 4 all of u! Cuaca dah ohk sikit..masi sejuk arh tapi still can tahan haha..ohkla. jgn lupa kirim salam kat semua nyer!! bye! Syg semua!! assalamuailaikum NURUL AIN SYAFAWANI B RUSLAN Heellllooooo semua ! hee . lol . anyway I have got stuff for ibu papa huda and fateha already . things here are quite expensive . I had so much fun during the homestay. I went to the country side =D . I cant wait to get home. haha . I miss the toilet in spore. hee . ok see ya all soon yaaawwww ! =DDD . ... read more

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu March 14th 2007

Pandas & Panditas Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu By Joe and Rocio March 14th 2007 Joe & Rocio St. Clair-Ford...... read more
My favourite matress
My favourite pillow
Best Friends

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