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China in the blink of an eye

Cycling over; it was time to become regular tourists and visit some regular tourist attractions; here are are photo highlights:

Chengdu is famous for its Pandas so it was a compulsory visit to the breeding centre!

Chengdu is famous for its Pandas so it was a compulsory visit to the breeding centre! So cute!

The Panda centre was also home to Red Panads (think fox-car mongrel with a giant bushy tail) and some Black Swans.

The Panda centre was also home to Red Pandas (think fox-cat mongrel with a giant bushy tail… so cute) and some Black Swans.

Wonky roofs in the Wushu Temple, Chengdu

Wonky roofs in the Wushu Temple, Chengdu

Leshans Giant Buddah is carved into the cliff. At 71m tall, it is massive. Tim stands by one of it's feet.

Leshans Giant Buddah is carved into the cliff. At 71m tall, it is massive. Tim stands by one of it’s feet.

Some of the old stuff in China is original! This bridge is gorgeous!

Sometimes, some of the old stuff in China is original! This bridge in an old fishing town is gorgeous!

Very few bicycles to be seen, the cycle lanes are full of electric scooters!

Very few bicycles to be seen, the cycle lanes are full of electric scooters!

A street barber gives Tim a much needed trim. Not bad for £1!

A street barber gives Tim a much needed trim. Not bad for one pound! The scooter also transported the waiting chair!

The Terracotta Army still stand waiting in Xi'an.

The Terracotta Army still stand waiting in their thousands.

In Beijing, friend of a friend Laifang hosted us and friend Gareth flew out to join the holiday.

In Beijing, friend of a friend Laifang (right) hosted us and friend Gareth (left) flew out to join the holiday.

The Great Wall without the crowds! Hiking gear required!

The Great Wall without the crowds! Hiking gear required!

Soldiers keep a watchful eye in Tienanmen Square.

Soldiers keep a watchful eye in Tienanmen Square.

This nighttime food market is not for the faint hearted! Seahorse dead. Scorpions still wriggling. :(

This night-time food market is not for the faint hearted! Seahorse dead. Scorpions still wriggling. 😦

Nightime skyscraper view to the from the funky Vu Bar in Shanghai

Nightime skyscraper view the from the funky Vu Bar in Shanghai

And a close up of the 'Oriental Pearl' tower.

And a close up of the ‘Oriental Pearl’ tower.

A Shanghai street scene with plenty of vendors and tuk-tuks, note the McDonalds top right - a saviour after months of noodles!

A Shanghai street scene with plenty of vendors and tuk-tuks, note the McDonalds top right – our saviour after months of spicy food and rehydrated noodles!

And back at the airport ready to blast back to blighty!

At the airport with bikes and bags packed ready to blast back to Blighty!

PS sorry this penultimate post a bit late – time flys when you’re relaxing!

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