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Bifeng Gorge N Giant Panda Research Centre

Hey Hey and a Huge Panda Day to you

Yes, we were in Sichuan, land of bamboo and the Giant Panda.

It was a self declared Panda Day!

After breakfast we surprised the Mini Bus Drivin 'You Go, You Go' people by asking to go to the Bifeng Gorge & Conservation Research Center (Bifengxia Base). Something like that anyhow. Seriously we asked that huge title and they said yes. Not really, we pointed to the map. Strangely neither the gorge nor the Giant Panda Research Base are mentioned in my Lonely Planet. The bus ride took around an hour to reach the base and soon we were trying to figure out what the ticket was going to give us entry into. Finally we figured out that you had to pay 80 Yuan for the Pandas and a further 100 Yuan for the Zoo.

A hundred Yuan for a visit to a Chinese Zoo. You've gotta be jokin mate!

We chose only the Pandas. The next choice was to either catch the bus to the Pandas and walk back or walk the gorge first and catch the bus back. We chose the gorge first. The Bifeng Gorge walk is just beautiful. Like all Chinese walks you do have a path to walk on. Also like all Chinese walks you have little signs along the way with crazy Chinese English statements. This walk had 'Green' in mind and would remind you that 'Green is a beautiful world' etc. It really was a beautiful thought but the funny side of it was how it was written. It would always begin with;

THE PLANK SPEAKS THAT...

It made the walk that little bit more entertaining. The walk itself took around three hours, mainly because Judy's a slacker...yora slakker Judy! Tee hee, sorry mate, just jokin! Only because I know you can't beat me up now cause your back in Australia! No really it was a great walk and if you heading to Chengdu, take a couple of days and head to Ya'an. The city is great and the gorge walk is beautiful.

By the time we reached the Giant Panda section it had begun raining. Not just drizzle mate but fair dinkum RAIN! It was raining Rice N Noodles. We tried our best with our umbrellas but still ended up half soaked. We continued going from little Panda House to little Panda Kindergarten but sadly for us, they were all asleep.

Bloody Slakkers were worse than Judy! (Oh I'm glad I'm in China!)

In the end it was pointless going on so we headed back to the top of the hill and caught the bus back to the Research Base and from there we caught a 'You Go, You Go' mini van back to Ya'an.

For dinner we headed back to Beautiful Eyes but left after a beer. It was just too LOUD! Instead of one busker playing in the eatery there were two, sometimes three. We walked around the city streets for awhile and then grabbed a couple of beers and headed home for an early night.

THE PLANK SPEAKS THAT: if you want to see Pandas, get there early THE PLANK SPEAKS THAT: Giant Pandas are black and white NOT green! STUPID PLANK!

Beers N Noodles to you all...shane * written in October 2006*

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Posted by eddakath 17:00 Archived in China

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