Shopping in Chengdu

Well today was a day for shopping, or trying to at least. We first went to the Wenshu Temple which was really calming and very lovely. However the craft area associated with it was no good at all for what we wanted. After Wenshu we decided to walk across the river to...

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Pandas and a very big Buddha

On Thursday morning we went to the Panda research centre here in Chengdu. It was truly amazing and because we were there early they were very active – apparently they sleep most of the afternoon! We were allowed to see some newborns in incubators and some babies...

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Chengdu- first day

Although we arrived early morning we have managed to pack a fair bit in today. We went to the ‘People’s Garden’, via Chairman Mao’s giant statue. There we partook of some tea by the lake – a lovely experience. ¬†We then went to the Tibetan...

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Arrival in Chengdu

After an interesting 16 hour train journey we have arrived in our Chengdu hostel and booked onto the Panda/Giant Buddha day tour for tomorrow. The train journey was actually not bad just very long and we shared our cabin with a mother and young daughter. We got on...

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Xi’an day three

Had a really good experience in the muslim quarter eating street food and savouring the whole kaleidoscope of sensory inputs. Then after a late start we went to get our train tickets to Chengdu tonight. That was an amazing experience no English signage or English...

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Terracotta Army

Probably on everyone’s bucket list is to see this wondering of ancient China. Created 2,000 years ago by China’s first emperor the figures are all different and said to be modelled on his actual army. They were spectacular and so glad I have had this...

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