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China and out

China_273.jpgChina_214.jpgPandas_in_Chengu_071.jpgPandas_in_Chengu_050.jpgPandas_in_Chengu_040.jpgPandas_in_Chengu_029.jpgPandas_in_Chengu_009.jpgUnfortunately due to Sandra,s health we were unable to visit the Terracotta Army in Xian but we have rejoined the truck and travelled on to Chengdu the home of the giant Panda sanctuary . We visited the sanctuary early next morning as their diet of bamboo is not very nutritious and they spend a large part of the day resting to conserve energy , it was a good day and the Pandas obliged by posing close up we also saw the smaller red panda . It was a good day out and Sandras strength held out for the day a good sign i hope . We are both getting fed up with spicy Chinese food so we looked up a western style restaurant on the internet and caught a taxi to Grandma,s Kitchen for steak & chips absolute bliss !!!
I know we should embrace the culture and food but you explain that to my digestive system .
We have an excellant guide called George (not his real name) who has been really helpfull to us at the hospitals and we visited his home town of Leshay on 18th July . It was a nice town with lovely parks and waterfalls and an enormous giant budha .
Two more long truck journeys and we have arrived at Lijong it does feel that we are dashing through China with long truck days then staying in between at big cities which was my worry when the Tibet , Nepal , India option was not available . lijong is a vibrant place with lots of souvenir type shops with tradesmen working away inside etching , painting , engraving , etc .
Next stop Dali on 23rd July and a four night stay . I liked this place it had a great cafe culture within a walled city , we hired a mini bus and guide for the day trip round a very large lake and 6 of us (sylvia , russell , sally , denis, sandra , keith ) visited markets , temples , budhas and the highlight for me cormorant fishing where we saw the birds close up catching 3 large fish but could not eat them as the band on their necks prevented them swallowing .
We are now on the border Laos and its the 28th july i dont really know where the 30 days have gone . Paul who left us in Bishkek is not returning and he is greatly missed and we will lose Andrea & Richard the honeymoon couple in Laos as they have decided to do their own thing in South East Asia .

Posted by palaceboy1 23:29

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