Ok, I can no longer follow the earthquake anymore... I've cried so much that I have no more tears to shed. I've done some online research on how to contribute to the relief efforts. I am thinking about either donating to the Chinese Red Cross (which is one of the most reputable charitable organizations in China) or to an orphan fund to sponsor children who have lost families. The most difficult part is making donation from a US bank with US currency. I will try wire transfer this weekend and let you know the details later.
After all the tears, here is a short footage to cheer you up. One of Sichuan's main attractions is giant pandas and there are several giant panda reserves near Chengdu. Here is the one that I went to visit one year (actually on Xmas day). It's called the Panda Base -- yep it houses baby panda soldiers :-). Look at them, they are so adorable and are sure to put a smile on your face!