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China pictures up -- including LOTS of pandas

Dec 5th, 2007, 03:46 AM
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Thanks for the info. I'm off to China tomorrow - and your panda pictures convinced me to make a stop in Chengdu to go to the breeding center. But the idea of volunteering is interesting - maybe next time! It sounds like a great experience.
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Dec 5th, 2007, 01:11 PM
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Hanuman -- you are funny, Nutella is very very sweet and lovely!
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Dec 5th, 2007, 03:52 PM
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Bechan, have a wonderful trip.
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Dec 5th, 2007, 04:29 PM
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Sorry for my tardiness in responding to the question about Wolong and Chengdu. And thanks to Lynn for answering in my absence, our trip was modeled after a previous one she did, so she knows all of these things better than anyone.

Bechan -- here are my answers to your questions. I much preferred the panda center in Wolong to the one in Chengdu, principally because (a) the one in Wolong was a whole lot less crowded; (b) the weather is cooler in Wolong and the pandas stay out and active for longer in the morning and (c) it costs less to interact with the panda cubs there. Getting to Chengdu is easy, as it is on the outskirts of the city and you can take a taxi or whatever. Wolong is a multi-hour drive up into the mountains and I think you would need a driver to take you there. At Chengdu, the only interaction they offer with the panda cubs is just to sit next to one and have a picture taken. This was 1000 yuan per person at Chengdu. At Wolong, doing this same thing costs 500 yuan. Also at Wolong, you can go into the cubs' enclosure and play with them for 5 minutes; this costs either 1000 yuan per person (slightly older cubs); 2000 per person (younger "more active" cubs) or 4000 (going in the enclosure by yourself with no other people). Holding a red panda and having a picture made at Chengdu costs about 100 yuan; there are no red pandas at Wolong.

Nutella -- Lynn has already told you everything you need to know about the Jinshanling camping experience, and we booked it through the same company that Lynn used (Mongol Global Tour Co). Basically you hike up on the wall, you sleep in a tent, and wake up in the morning and spend several hours on the wall. It is well outside Beijing (3 hours), so there is almost no one there. The morning we were there, I think there were probably a total of 10-12 people on that section of the wall (6 miles), most of whom appeared to be professional or very serious amateur photographers (some of them were carrying rigs that cost in excess of $20k). It was very nice to have the wall almost to ourselves, and the other photographers were very courteous about getting out of the way of our pictures. No mass numbers of tourists, which is really refreshing after you visit the Forbidden City or the Ming Tombs!

Anyway, if I can answer any other questions, I'd be happy to.

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