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After getting my first passport in 2006 and traveling to climb Kilimanjaro in Tanzania my life changed. I began the process of getting rid of all my possessions and traveling the world. Traveling to over 125 countries and all 7 continents, hostels have been my home. This "new life" has taught me what is important and it was NOT accumulating money or possessions. Traveling is the best education. I hope my blog will encourage others to travel. My World Tattoo was a way for me to express my PASSION FOR TRAVEL.

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Showing posts with label Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. Show all posts

CHINA, Chengdu, Giant Panda Research and Breeding Center

September 14, 2008

With all the emphasis on Beijing, China for the upcoming 2008 Olympics I made a decision to visit China for 1 month AFTER the Olympics due to cost. This visit to the Chengdu Research facility was definitely one of the highlights. Will highlight China adventures over the next week and hope to plan another trip next year. Pic with Panda was $135 but worth the money.

CHINA, Chengdu (Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

This morning I went to see the Giant Pandas. We left early and got to the Center at 8:30 am because pandas just eat and sleep, kinda like babies, and after 10:30 am you won't see much action. The pandas were great fun to watch even though they mostly just eat. I planned on having a picture with a baby panda but when I found out they had raised the price to $175 and that the "baby" pandas were 1 1/2 years old. I elected to go with the 2 1/2 yr old panda which is probably 50 pounds heavier and not as cute but only $60. No brainer. Only one person out of 50 had their picture taken with the "baby" panda.

Picture later including me with the panda. Note: very seldom will their every be a picture of me on the blog unless there is a special occasion and this was one.

Monday I take the overnight train by hard sleeper for 25 hrs to Guillen. I am skipping the 3 Gorges Yangtze river trip because of info I received that it is no longer what it used to be due to the river rising by such a large amount. Will use that money to try and get to Tibet if I can find the right deal.