Just down the road from where we were staying in Chengdu was a lovely little monastery. Very simple and elegant and recently restored, it was a lovely bit of peace and q from the brand-spanking new shopping area that now surrounds it.
However, it was really the outside walls that caught our attention. They all have a range of metal reliefs on them. Some nice, but fairly standard...
... but some of the detailing was less usual...
Another feature that we really noticed around Chengdu was the amount of public art.
Chengdu has a reputation amongst the Chinese as being a bit of a lazy place where people are more concerned about enjoying themselves than working hard! We certainly found plenty of evidence to back that up, indeed the locals seems quite proud of their reputation for laziness.
The centre of the city is Tianfu Square which is, as in may Chinese cities a big open area designed for those big mass rallies so beloved by the early communists. It is now quite a nice public space filled with fountains and police! It is over-looked by a huge (and I do mean huge) statue of Mao.
A short walk further on from Tianfu Square is Renmin Park, a perfect example about what I liked about Chengdu.
I think it's fair to say that zoos in China do not have the best reputation. For example, you can buy chickens and even cows to let loose into the lion's cages and watch the feeding frenzy begin.
This panda centre is excellent. It is set in a large amount of woodland and specialises in breeding programmes.
All of the guidebooks say get there early while they are still eating otherwise they become lifeless and shy. This is certainly something we would echo. By the time we had walked round a bit the main adult panda area was much quieter than when first got there and they were filling their faces.
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