|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.......