Sid dropped us off at Holly's Hostel where we spent three nights prior to our week long trip with Sid and two nights afterwards. Holly's is conveniently located right off Wuhou Ci, close to Chengdu's Tibetan district, the Wuhou temple and the Jinli shopping area, not to mention banks and restaurants. We found Holly's to be clean, economical and friendly. The girls at the front desk spoke English and were very helpful.
The next morning we ate a late American breakfast at the upstairs restaurant at Holly's and then went in search of a bank where I could use my ATM card. The Bank of China proved to be the only one that would take our card. In the afternoon we visited the nearby Wuhou Temple which is a very old memorial to the emperors and generals of the Three Kingdoms period of Chinese history. I wasn't carrying my bird camera so I missed shots of Eurasian Kingfisher, Chinese Bulbul, White-browed Laughingthrush and Chinese Blackbird. But we got some good tourist shots of the temple complex.
Adjacent to Wuhou Temple is the Jinli shopping area with plenty of foodstalls. Want some fried rabbit head?
The next morning we left at 7:30 for a morning trip to the Panda Breeding Center on the northeast side of Chengdu. This was a private tour we arranged at Holly's. Actually it was a driver and a couple of tickets.
We didn't see to many birds but the wet drippy conditions were just to the pandas' liking. We only saw one Red Panda.
But we got to see plenty of Giant Pandas. They love munching on bamboo but don't seem to do much else.
And there were some babies in the nursery.
Birds were numerous though not much diversity. It was tough to photograph in the dark and wet conditions. This would be a problem throughout the trip. Here's a Red-billed Leiothrix.
Chinese Bulbuls were abundant but up in the tree tops. Plenty of White-browed Laughingthrushes on the ground.