Wednesday 21st May – Chengdu
We started this rather surreal day by alighting our train at around 5am in what appeared to be a fairly grubby looking city. The exit to the station was like something out of dystopian fiction. Grey slabs and rubbish everywhere, everyone looking thoroughly miserable. Needless to say, we weren’t exactly thrilled at this sight after such an exhausting (and poop-filled) journey. But this was where the pandas lived, according to an American guy we met in a bar in Beijing.