Hello, goodbye, Chengdu

Arrived at 05:26 on the K5 sleeper from Xi’an. Joined the Sim’s Cosy Garden hostel tour to the panda research centre at 07:45. Doing it myself on public buses would have saved less than 30CNY but would probably have gotten me to the centre too late to see the pandas feeding. When they’re not feeding they’re asleep so that would have been pretty pointless. Snapped a few photos. Once again a longer/faster lens and tripod would have been useful.

The rain has followed me from Xi’an. So instead of wandering round WenShu Monastery and the People’s Park this afternoon I’m sat in Sim’s cafe/bar getting another internet fix. Off to the airport later and Guilin where I’ll be exploring the surrounding countryside for a week or so.

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