Dashanpu  (Dinosaur Museum), Zigong, Sichuan, China Week 12 12th July 2011
Dinosaur Museums around the world are strange places.

We were a bit ambivalent about visiting "another one" as we'd been subject to a US exhibition of model dinosaurs visiting Brisbane.

And we've seen Jurassic Park.

I guess the best description of Dashanpu is that the museum has been built around the dinosaurs rather than dinosaurs fitted into the available space.

If the skeletons aren't the original fossils they are very realistic.

A steel frame holding the bones.

In a separate hall, built over part of the excavation site, we saw fossilised bones as they lay in the ground.

These are of a sauropod.

The excavation site.
Bones of an Omeisaurus (another sauropod).

The bones had collected at a bend in a river. Either bodies washed there in flood or died from some sort of plant poisoning.

The bend caused the sand build up that covered the bodies to fossilise them.

There were also fossils of other animals, reptiles and plants.

This is a crocodile skeleton.

And the main hall of reconstructed skeletons from above.
We thought about camping in the car park but it was against company policy.

The car park was made of concrete blocks with holes for the grass to grow.

While it was raining a couple of people spent time collecting small snails.

So off we set to see a giant seated Bhudda.

This was passing through Zigong.

Shortly after leaving Zigong we stopped by the roadside to take some readings off the solar.

Just checking something!

A couple of young Chinese got our attention and explained we had a leak and they thought it was diesel.

We'd noticed an occasional diesel smell over the last couple of weeks, also noticed indication of diesel on the front axle, and noticed that fuel consumption had risen. But all attempts to locate a leak had failed. 

Pulled further off the road and investigated.

This the the bit of rubber that seals one end of the diesel return line from the injectors. Just to the left of the clamp is a crack. The end is half torn through. The leak was obvious.

The temporary repair was a short length of diesel fuel pipe sealed with a drill bit. A cable tie to stop the end rattling around.

Always good when a niggling problem is resolved. But we prefer something a bit less dramatic.

By coincidence, before leaving Canberra the same problem had occurred on our 1981 Merc diesel car. Had to fix that before lending the car to daughter Jennifer.

It made this fix a bit easier as the problem was rapidly understood.

One of those days when the planets were in alignment.

Alas, the speedometer has stopped working for some reason. Nothing obviously loose so will need an hour or so to methodically work from gearbox to dashboard.

In Yunnan we saw people occasionally playing Mah Jong.

Seems to be a lot more common in Sichuan.

Or maybe its just more people and worse weather. Still grey and raining.

And this looked like a snooker table.
Le Shan (Giant Buddha), Sichuan, China Week 12 13th July 2011

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