Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Chengdu Panda Base

The reason we came to Chengdu!
This Giant Panda Sanctuary is one of three in the Sichuan region of China. This non-profit panda research and breeding facility opened up in 1987 and started with just 6 pandas that were rescued from the wild - now they're nearing 190! 
The base itself is about 200ha, so as you can imagine, quite a bit of room for all these pandas. In fact, most of the time it felt like we were walking around in the jungle as opposed to a closed-in park.

We arrived bright and early to get there before the masses and see them during feeding time, which is about the only time of the day that they're active. Eat and Sleep... now that is a life!

This was WELL worth the time and money spent getting here. The entrance fee is not cheap - but seeing as the money goes towards benefiting the pandas and making the sanctuary just as appealing for visitors, I would do it over again in a heartbeat.

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