WE SAW PANDA BEARS AND IT WAS SO GOOD!
BEST THING EVER!
We said goodbye to camp by doing an insanely long closing ceremony. Me and the class 1 ELA’s sang a lovely rendition of Jason Mraz with Catherine, before nailing a Chinese song and dance routine. Then all of the ELA’s sang ‘She’ll be coming round the mountain’ beautifully. So after an emotional goodbye from camp, the next day we were driven back to Beijing and given the afternoon off. Not sure what to do with this unexpected freedom a group of us decided that the zoo and panda’s were screaming our name and we just had to visit them. After surprising ourselves and navigating the Beijing underground, all 11 of us made it safely to the zoo.
We deciphered the Chinglish and ventured inside, obviously heading straight for the panda’s.
Selfies and pictures were taken by the thousand before we split into 2 groups and explored the rest of the zoo. Which frankly wasn’t as good because there were no panda’s there. We did nearly die in the heat however, and after exploring off road and being priced out of the aquarium, we sheltered by a lake.
After reforming as a group of 11 near the elephants, we decided the time was ripe for a lovely boat tour down the river. WORST MISTAKE OF THE DAY. Never have I been on a boat so crowded and sweaty in my life!! Matt was crammed sideways on the seat, for legroom is a luxury here, and I got into a minor war with a child over the window. I wish I could say the view was worth it….but we couldn’t see anything but water!! Handy tip: if you go to Beijing Zoo (which you should because pandas) DO NOT pay and go on the boat. Just no.
Well deserved beers were drank that night as a reward for surviving the boat and being able to order amazing food in a Chinese restaurant!