Trip Start Nov 28, 2011
28Trip End Jan 31, 2013
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Anyway next day I had every intention of going to see the big budha but woke up at 1pm so was too late. I went for a walk down towards Tamsin square. Went to a monastary which is on the way then got to the square and pretty much had a McFlurry in McDonalds then walked back. I went back to the hostel and sat and drank beer all day with Nana in the hostel. We ended up staying up til about 6am with a French guy who was staying there as everyone else had gone to bed and Nana was plying me with this Chinese whisky she had on the side of the bar.
Next day me and Nana went to Leshan Big Buddha. We got a taxi to the bus station then bus to Leshan. Pretty much slept the whole way. I think it's about 2 hours or so. We got a taxi from there to the buddha with a couple we had seen at the hostel I think the day before. We walked around the buddha which is carved into the side of a cliff alongside the river. I think it's the biggest in the world. We had a really great time walking around, chatting and larking around
Next day I went to see the pandas at Chengdu sanctuary. They were pretty cool although they don't really do much apart from sit on their arses and eat bamboo which they need to do for about 16 hours a day to get enough nutrition to survive. You can't help thinking, as lovely as they are, that natural selection has selected them to...well....become extinct. And with good reason what with the lack of fornication etc. But it's good you can still see them and the baby pandas were a lot more fun than the adult ones. They were playing around, falling off stuff etc. We sat and watched them for a while. Then I got back and had a chill with Nana and waited for Denise to come for a few drinks etc. Then eventually I went with Nana to the train station to get my train to Chengdu.
All in all I had a really cool few days in Chengdu and wished I could have stayed longer. The hostel was ace and the people too so I'm going back next time for a month I think.
Anyway next stop Beijing........