Pandas, Pagodas, Purchases, and Packing

February 27, 2012

Quote of the Day: “I want a panda”… “I want to BE a panda.”

We gathered together this morning after a weekend with host families. Many stories were shared about the adventures of the weekend. A small sample of events:

– Basketball with new friends

– An amusement park

– Shopping

– Hotpot

and much more…

We jumped onto a bus and headed off for the moment everyone had been waiting for: PANDAS at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

The students fell in love with the adorable creatures and many wondered if their luggage would have room for a stowaway. (“Mommy, he followed me home… can we keep him?”) I hope everyone has their bamboo supplies ready because pandas eat 20-45 lbs. of bamboo a day.



































We saw pandas at all stages of development from little tykes up in trees to full grown adults. The CRBoGPB (Chengdu Research Base of … you get the idea) also has Red Pandas, small mammals that look like a cross between a house cat and a raccoon and, despite the name, have no relation to Giant Pandas other than sharing habitat and being endangered. Oh, and being super cute.

After the pandas and a quick lunch of so home style, Chengdu cooking, we headed back into the city to the Wuhou Temple and Jingli Street. Wuhou temple is dedicated to a man named Zhuge Liang (181 AD- 234AD) who was a major figure in The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, a historical novel about the end of the Han dynasty. The temple and Jingli Street have been a tourist destination since the Tang dynasty (618-907). [Disclaimer: There are no Pagodas at Wuhou Temple… it was the only temple word I could think of that started with a P]

We wandered through the temple grounds, looking a statues and architecture; Aiden found a moment to walk along a colonnade for a quiet moment alone.

After spending sometime walking around the temple complex, we left the serenity of the holy space to the hustle and bustle of the market street next door.

We had some time to explore and buy some final gifts and souvenirs. Hunter and Lexi found the other end of this alley.

Lexi, Skye and Miranda had a nice time exploring the shops together.

Skye also got a last minute treasure with her name painted inside a glass bead as she watched. It was pretty cool to see the artist work with such dexterity.

Rose found some sesame candy in the market… and wasn’t so keen on sharing her yummy treat.

Don't you try to steal my candy!


But the highlight of Jingli street was the traditional Chengdu ear cleaning and healthy massage. A few of us tried it. It is an interesting sensation, not unpleasant, to have someone else clean your ears with a metal rod.



Bo checks in on Hunter.

After their ear cleanings, Jameson and Hunter opted for the healthy massage add-on. Some of the locals took the opportunity to snap a shot with the two Laowai (foreigners).

After Jingli Street, we hopped back on the bus for a short ride back to campus. Students we met by their hosts for one final night. We will be sad to leave Tangwai, but everyone is excited to head home and see their families.


One final panda picture because they are so cute:



2 Responses

  1. Avatar Dee Fournier says:

    It looks like you are having an amazing time. We all miss you at home( Yes, even your sister) and can’t wait to hear all about your trip. The boys want to hear about all the different bugs and such you have eaten. 🙂 I’ll see you soon honey.
    Love, mom xoxo

  2. Avatar Laura Harding says:

    Looks like a fun day to end a fantastic trip! Thanks for all the posts!

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