|The new 'old' street and high rises in the background. The high rises aren't hazy because it's a bad photo - this is really how everything looks.|
|More old and new.|
Having discovered temple restaurants in Kunming, we were a bit disappointed to find that the famous restaurant at this temple was closed for renovation. Not to be deterred, we looked up vegetarian restaurants in Chengdu and discovered a Taiwanese chain called Vegetarian Lifestyle within walking distance of our hostel. After that we went there for dinner every day, timing our arrival for the late afternoon when they were in the middle of their team building exercise!! The food was very, very good, and although everyone says it's a bit expensive, that's expensive by normal Chengdu standards. After dinner, we went back to the hostel and drank cheap beer in the common room, while wondering if our laundry would ever dry and trying to learn Chinese characters.
|Antonia picks out her next book in Chinese in Chengdu's pedestrian shopping centre (ahem!)|
Our other tour, of course was to see the pandas. I was feeling seriously tired of being herded around in tour groups by now (see the Jiuzhaigou post, when it turns up), and would have gone independently but they make it hard, so off we went. Sure enough our guide got us in front of all the panda enclosures at the most photogenic moments, offered us the opportunity to have our photos taken with a baby panda for several thousand yuan (I'm not kidding!) and led us through the museum at a jogging pace. As usual, I felt we could have done with another couple of hours and Antonia got really into drawing the pandas but kept getting interrupted half way through a drawing, but there you go.
|Pandas eat like Romans|
|The red panda is wondering why it's sharing a path with us.|
|What pandas mostly do.|