Hello from the mountains of Sichuan.
Yesterday we got off the night train at 5am for a day in Chengdu, including a visit to the fabulous and cute pandas. We also walked around a lovely old part of Chengdu after lunch in a city centre monastery, before a night in a hotel. A few of the group went to see Sichuan opera, and the rest of us went for local hotpot (meat and fish cooked in sizzling oil).
This morning we went to the giant buddha at Leshan which was, though spectacular, too too crowded and turned into half a day of queuing.
Tonight, and in two nights’ time, we’re staying in Bauguo Temple, a Buddhist monastery. I think I’m actually quite looking forward to being woken up a 5am by the monks’ chanting.
Tomorrow, we head for the 3000+ plus summit of Emei Shan.