Saturday, 22nd September 2018,
The sun was shining bright this morning, a good sign that the pandas will go out to have the sun-bathing. Woke up early for our last free and easy day, most of us went straight to see the panda. ٩(◕‿◕｡)۶
I was hesitating to go with them or not. But since I was in charged, and most of the sisters wanted to see the panda, so it will be wise to follow them to the Panda Base.
exit-A was exactly facing this ticketing counter to go Panda Base.
How to get to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding: by 7AM sharp, the shuttle took us from hotel to T1 ShuangLiu International Airport Subway Station 双流机场1航站楼. From there, we took Line 10 (blue) all the way to Taipingyuan Station 太平园. We then changed to Line 3 (red) all the way to Panda Avenue Station 熊猫大道 (the second last of line 3), and took exit-A. This exit brought us to ticketing counter for Panda Base. Each of us paid 53RMB for the ticket, including 2 ways shuttle from Panda Avenue station to the Base. It took us about 1 hour from airport to panda base.
Check out China Highlight to check out the best time to visit Panda Base: https://www.chinahighlights.com/chengdu/attraction/panda-breeding-and-research-center.htm
Panda Base opens as early as 6:30 in the morning. And by the time we arrived it was already over crowded. It was very difficult to see baby panda sunbathing, and there were hundreds-if not thousands of humans and only less than 10 pandas. I was disappointed. We left the base quite early to have souvenir shopping at the carpark outside the base. From there we took shuttle back to subway station and continued with our next stop, Kuanzhai Alley. (*¯︶¯*)
too bad I didn’t have enough time to enjoy Kuanzhai Alley
The best exit to take for Kuanzhai Alley is from Line 4 (green) stop at Kuanzhai Xiangzi Station 宽窄巷子, exit B. This exit exactly facing the first alley, which is the wide alley.
Wide and Narrow Alley or Kuanzhai Xiangzi are consist of Wide Alley (Kuan Xiangzi), Narrow Alley (Zhai Xiangzi), Well Alley (Jing Xiangzi) three parallel ancient city alleys and 45 courtyards along them, Wide and Narrow Alley is one of Chengdu’s historical and cultural reserves, together with Daci Temple reserve and Wenshu Monastery reserve. It is a microcosm of the city’s history as well as a deep mark in local people’s memory. [source: travelchinaguide]
But then again, this was another over-crowded place. The reason I plan this alley into my itinerary was because of their historical buildings worth for taking pictures, but apparently that didn’t happen according to plan. (；⌣̀_⌣́)
We were actually dispersed after the lunch. Me and Leng decided to pay a visit to local church. The elderly couple Susie and Peter also joined us for the Mass. If you curious about the church, check it out on my other blog, this post. Some of the sisters went off to Chunxi Road for another shopping time, some of them went back to hotel for rest, while my roommate P-Ling was the only one who finished KuanZhai Alley alone and went down to People’s Park.
After the church, Leng went down to People’s Park to meet Ling, while me accompanied the elderly couple back to the over-crowded alley and slowly making our way to the park. Five of us were finally rejoined at People’s Park to have tea during the sunset. It wasn’t a long way from Wide And Narrow Alley subway station to the park. The park was surprisingly has no mosquito after dark, but there were a lot of people smoking. We finally headed back to the hotel before 8PM. ( ‾́ ◡ ‾́ )
the famous tea place at People’s Park
Tomorrow we will be flying back to the clean air of Singapore, much of oxygen! ｡ﾟ(TヮT)ﾟ｡