The Petryk's Round-The-World Adventure 2007/2008 travel blog

....at the Giant Panda Reserve....

....hello there....

....welcome to the Giant Panda Reserve....

....just about got it....

....well, that was tasty!!!....

....where's that itch?....

....you've hurt my feelings....

....Nick and Barb at the 3 year old panda enclosure....

....just hanging around....

....Giant Panda Nutrition Kitchen....

....a bamboo feast....

....now where did I put the salt?....

....hey, how you doin'....

....I'm fine...but can you give me a scratch?....

....ah!!!...that's the spot....

....look at those goofy people snapping pictures of us....

....tee hee hee...that tickles...

....I can't believe you just said that!....

....boy, this sitting around is hard work....

....have you got anything for me?....

....this looks like a good spot....

....time for a snooze....

....you lazy bum...why don't you go get a job?....

....OK...I'm off to see what's out there....

....ha ha...I'm the king of the castle...er...paddock....

....peek-a-boo...I see you....

....sleepy one year olds....(1)

....sleepy one year olds....(2)

....sleepy one year olds....(3)

....and curious one year olds....

....what's that up there behind me?....

....help!!!!...how the heck did I get up here anyway?....

....hey...the bamboo looks greener on the other side of the fence....

....OK...I'll go check it out....

....how do you get to the other side anyway?....

....oh, forget it...I'm just going to stay on this side!....

....the red panda....

....lookin' for a snack....

....OK...I found something....

....hey, whatcha doin' down there?,,,,

....its none of your business....

....this looks like the way down....

....I made it....

....time to go home....

....Barb...trying to be a panda....

Shu Fang Yu Tang Tea House (1)

Shu Fang Yu Tang Tea House (2)

Shu Fang Yu Tang Tea House (3)

Musical Presentation (1)

Musical Presentation (2)

Chinese Sichuan Opera (1)

Chinese Sichuan Opera (2)

Chinese Sichuan Opera (3)

Gaohu Soloist playing the "Chinese Orange Blossum Special"

Chinese Stick Puppetry (1)

Chinese Stick Puppetry (2)

Chinese Theatre (1)

Chinese Theatre (2)

Chinese Theatre (3)

Fire Breather (1)

Fire Breather (2)

Masked Faces (1)

Masked Faces (2)


We arrived in Cheng Du at about 12:15 p.m. and after meeting our local guide, Chickory, we immediately made our way to the Giant Panda Reserve. This world-renowned ecological facility covers 105 hectares and is dedicated to the conservation of the native Chinese endangered species, the Giant and red pandas. While here we were able to see pandas of various ages - the adults, the playful one-year-olds and sleepy two-month old newborns, which as Barb put it, "are so cute". They are quite adorable but unfortunately we were unable to take pictures of them as their eyes are still not fully developed and the camera flash is damaging. We also saw the red pandas which look very much like our own racoons. After our visit to the Panda Centre, we made our way to the Cheng Du Flower Hotel. Because of our late arrival in Cheng Du, we were not able to see much of this beautiful city of some 12 million people.......we all freshened up after our long train journey and visit to the Panda Centre and made our way to the Shu Feng Ya Yun Tea House where we sipped tea and watched a cultural performance which included "Naotai" drum and gong music, Sichuan Opera, a "Gaohu" solo which is the Chinese fiddle type instrument, a stick puppet show, a "Suona" solo which is a Chinese trumpet, a hand puppet show, and performers who wear masks and "change faces" magically in an instant and others who spit fire. It was a very good show, quite entertaining especially the Gaohu solo version of the "Chinese Orange Blossum Special". After the show it started to rain which made it difficult to wander about the streets to try and find a place to eat, so everyone called it a night....we had to be up early the next day anyway.......



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