Friday, May 28, 2010

Mom's Trip 2010 - Chengdu, China

Mom came over this month for her second trip to visit me. Most of her time here this trip she had to entertain herself and she did a great job at that! She walked all over Beijing or took taxis to further away sites and had a great time. Our big trip while she was here took place over Mother's Day weekend (good planning, eh?).

I planned our trip down to Chengdu to see the giant pandas and the giant Buddha.

At the Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding, we walked through bamboo-lined paths and saw giant pandas and red pandas.

We also took some photos with an 18 month old giant panda. The baby pandas were sick so we were not able to play with them.

We were very scareful.

The next day, we went to Leshan to see the giant Buddha. We climbed up some stairs, then down a whole lot of stairs, and then up the other side.

On the way, it was a little rainy and there were some interesting characters to photo-op with.

When we were at the top, I whispered to the Buddha and Mom poked him. The Buddha wasn't very impressed.

Eventually, we made it to the giant Buddha in the side of a mountain.

We had some lunch.

Mom shared her lunch with the guy in the wall.

Chengdu gets more rain than Beijing and is nearly always overcast (according to our guide). It was nice to be in some weather and Mom and I had a great time traveling together.

Thanks for coming to visit me again, Mom! I love you!

More photos at flickr.


P.S. Two weeks of school left!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

On the Drive to Work

On my drive to and from work each day, I often wish I had my camera ready for the sights I see. I managed to catch a few shots last week. We have a bus that has seen the light:

Next, a large truck pulling another large truck with a thin, worn rope:

And finally, we have our friendly policeman keeping all the traffic flowing smoothly over the bridge (which currently has a bunch of construction happening on and under it):


P.S. My mom made it over safely and is ready for China adventures. Stay tuned.