23.05.2017 - 23.05.2017
Today we sadly had to leave the cruise behind and continue our travels. We docked at Chongquing and we were told by our guide not to let the locals touch our bags or you will then be obligated to let them carry them up the stairs for you. We had to walk over quite a few pontoons and the. Up several steps as the water level was low. We went for a tour of the city which is home 33 million people. It just goes on forever. First up was a visit to the Panda Hoise. The oldest panda they have is Lingling who is 27 years old. We got to see 3 baby pandas who were so cute. We went to the old part of the city to walk around the markets. Was very different to other markets we have seen. We then went to lunch in a local restaurant to try the local food which is can be quite spicy. We then had some free time so we tried to find a chemist to see if I could get some cold & flu tablets. We did find a chemist but no real drugs to be found.
We then had to get back on the bus for our hour drive to the airport. Security was very tight and it was only after we went through that we found out about the attack in Manchester. The flight to Xi'an took a little over an hour and then it was another hour to the hotel. I was standing at the carousel waiting for the bags and this old Chinese lady came up and asked me for a picture. I think she took about 20. The other tour people were laughing.
We are staying the Golden Flower Hotel and it's lovely. We went down for a buffet dinner and after a long day it's time for bed. We leave at 8.30 tomorrow for a long day - village tour in the morning and then to the Terracotta Warriors in the afternoon.
Bye for now
Janelle & Cheryl