Pandas Dancing Girls and Moon Cakes

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Pandas

Chengdu is a huge sprawling and ugly city, one of the most polluted in China.  So why would anyone go there.   The most common answers are to see the giant pandas, as adorable on second viewing as in 2000 and to get a permit to travel to Tibet.   Permits are the subject of much angst for travellers​, sometimes they are freely available, sometimes not, sometimes the authorities ask to see them sometimes not.  Fortunately we got ours and they were checked twice at the airport before departure to Lhasa.


 

 

 
Dancing Girls
On our final day we stumbled upon what we assumed was a dance competition.  All the seats were taken and as the only Westerners present could hardly expect to go unnoticed.  We crept down the center aisle and crouched on the floor to take photos.  Within minutes we had been ushered into the best seats amongst the judges and were feeling just a bit out of place


 


 
As these elegant ladies completed their routine, more what we used to call Voguing than actual dancing,  we were led from our prize seats and ushered around a corner


 
 
Where a barrage of press photographers were waiting to take this!  We passed our cameras to them and this is the resulting photo.  I felt like one of the seven dwarfs with these gorgeous pompomed creatures towering over us

 

 

 

When we were returned to our seats it was to find this quasi military group performing 


 

 
I have no idea what this was all about but they performed with such gusto I felt sure they should win.  If indeed it was a competition

 



 

We hardly recognized her minus her gown and pom pom as she said goodbye and headed home on her scooter.  

What an amazing day, nobody could speak a word to us or we to them but the goodwill was unmistakable.

 
Moon Cakes
We were instantly at home at Sim and Maki's Cosy Guesthouse and there were lots of the requisite young people to take care of us.  On the evening of the Mid Autumn Festival everyone was invited to a BBQ to celebrate.  Who knew Chengdu would be so much fun 

 
Updating the website in 2014 I Googled Sim and Maki and discovered they have left China and set up a new guesthouse in Kyoto Japan.  Chengdu's loss is Kyoto's gain
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