24 May-Summer Palace

Last day in Beijing today. We ventured out on the very long subway ride to the Summer Palace. The subway was packed by towards the end of the journey we managed to get a seat. The summer place grounds are quite massive. It overlooks a big lake that you can catch boats to/from various parts…

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20 May-To Beijing

Today we were up early to head to Beijing. It turned out to be a big day of waiting. We were told it could take 1.5 hours to get to the airport so we left at 7:30am with a cab that was sitting just outside our hotel. The cabbie got us there in 40 mins…

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19 May-Mt HuaShan

This morning we set off for Mt HuaShan. Gave ourselves plenty of time to find a cab and get to the train station. Luckily there was one sitting outside our hotel so that was nice and easy. Driving around in Xi’an is interesting. They have lights that count down to the change of green/red, seems…

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17 May-Farewell fireworks

This morning the pandas were out and ready to get their pictures taken. They were out looking for food and apples. The mountains were fairly clear with a decent blue sky this morning. Rain forecast for tomorrow and a hot sunny day for Saturday hopefully means we’ll get a clear day when we got up…

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16 May-new panda keeper

Got up early but the pandas weren’t out and about much at all today. Erlang was up near the side fence chilling just before first feed at 8. Today I had yet a different keeper. This one is the usual keeper for YaYa and Erlang. So after 2 days of pretty much being left alone…

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13 May-rainy day off

Today was really cold. Got up early and all the pandas were out which meant I could get a few pictures of ones that I don’t usually see. It’d rained overnight so most of them were a bit wet too so they looked like wet teddy bears. The playful pair were out climbing trees, in…

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10 May-Ibis keeping

This morning the pandas were up and playing in their enclosures and generally looking cute up trees and doing Kung Fu poses. These guys love to climb trees, and pull on the branches. I knew pandas climbed a bit but never realised how high and how proficient they are at climbing. These guys love playing…

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8 May-Takins

Early this morning the pandas were out and were quite playful. They were up trees, play fighting and generally looking cute. They make this interesting sound that reminds me of a cross between a lamb and a goat. So reckon if I stumbled past one in the wild I would think it’s a mountain goat…

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4 May- Arrived in Xi’an

This afternoon we made our way to the airport bound for Xian. Great thing at Hong Kong airport is they have free wifi, so we could check our mail etc. We got there pretty early and soon discovered our plane had been delayed 1/2 hour. Not to worry, we kept ourselves entertained. Once we made…

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3/4 May-Overnight in Hong Kong

Thursday we set off on our adventure to China. First we have an overnight stopover in Hong Kong. We boarded our A330 ready for our 9 hour flight. After flying on brand new a380’s recently this older plane seemed so noisy and made all those “interesting” sounds you love when you’re not a big fan…

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