We're safely back in Hong Kong, very fortunate to be only mildly inconvenienced by the horrors elsewhere.
We were in Hailuogou, near Gongga Shan, when the quake struck. We were actually on a bus at the moment of the quake and didn't feel a thing. We stayed in our hotel in indecent comfort for three more days as the number of incoming tourists dwindled. Eventually the park officials decided to close the scenic area and we had to go.
With all the tragedy in or near familiar birding territory, it seemed best to just leave Sichuan completely.
A clear bus ride on the 16th to Chengdu via Ya'an, and we were away this afternoon on a Dragonair flight.
John and Jemi