My wife is called Giacinta, usually shortened to Gia. We recently visited China, where Gia was born, with some family and friends. It was an exhausting, whistle-stop trip of some of the top scenic destinations in China: five internal flights and a different hotel almost every night for 12 days. I was the only guai lo in the group, and since the tour was conducted entirely in Mandarin or Cantonese I’m still trying to make sense of exactly where we went – I’m not kidding.
I did, of course, take a camera: a Canon EOS 5D with three lenses – all zooms – the 17-40 L, the 24-70 L and the 70-200 LIS. I haven’t counted how many pictures I took (a great many) and there is still a lot of weeding and sorting and processing to be done. One of the first places we visited was the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre. Of course, much serious work goes on, but the main attraction is the opportunity to get a close look at the beautiful pandas. Here are a few of the pictures I took at the centre.