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ScouseLeeM on Tour
11th Sep 2010 - 12th Sep 2010

The final stop in China, here to see one of the great endangered species. No wonder they are endangered -big fat cuddly bears designed to be meat eaters, but who rather sit on their arse chomping bamboo, and have little or no interest in sex...

Still, they are cute - Chengdu's panda breeding research base is only haf an hour from the city, and allows the pandas to live in a wild state, with over 80 acres of hills, forest and bamboo groves to choose from. There is also a centre where infants are nurtured, we even saw 1 and 2 month old cubs in incubators. There were no guarantees of us seeing the pandas, but we were more than lucky. I've uploaded a small selection of the many shots I took, various adults and cubs in different states of activity.

A fitting finale to this tour, and think I will need to come back to nail Hong Kong and Tibet...for my final night, treated myself to a traditional 90 minutes Chinese foot masage, a deep soak in a wooden tub with medicinal salts, plus scalp and face massage. All yuan spent, time to get home for a full fry up...

Next: Bangkok 2
Previous: Xi'an

Diary Photos
11th Sep 2010  Xi'an monastery

11th Sep 2010  Good to hear...

12th Sep 2010  Panda sanctuary

12th Sep 2010  Lazy panda

12th Sep 2010  Climbing panda

12th Sep 2010  Panda

12th Sep 2010  Standing panda
Standing panda

12th Sep 2010  Happiest panda in the world, ever!

12th Sep 2010  Scratching panda

12th Sep 2010  Inquisitive panda

12th Sep 2010  Falling panda - slippery log

12th Sep 2010  Baby pandas play

12th Sep 2010  Panda eating

12th Sep 2010  Striding panda

12th Sep 2010  Red panda

12th Sep 2010  Little baby panda

12th Sep 2010  Panda after a big night out

12th Sep 2010  Feeding time

12th Sep 2010  Sunbathing panda

12th Sep 2010  Panda in recovery mode

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