Our consultant Dianne Cook has just returned from China, here's what she had to say -
"An absolute highlight was visiting the Pandas in Chengdu - a flat city with 14 million people and home to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding centre. Naughty teenage pandas playing it up to the cameras and also the little babies keeping warm in their incubators. Great work is being done here."
"The history is amazing! The Baodin Stone carvings and Beishan Frescos dating back to the Tang dynasty. Here we saw the famous Buddha, thousands of rock carvings and learnt more about buddhism."
'Very interesting was the Dujianayan Irrigation project at Chengdu. Dujiangyan is the oldest and only surviving no-dam irrigation system in the world; and a wonder in the development of Chinese science. The project consists of three important parts designed to automatically control the water flow of the rivers from the mountains to the plains throughout the year. The role this plays in supplying water to the province is fascinating!