Panda Breeding & Research Center Chengdu,Sichuan

The Giant pandas are found only in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces. In total there are fewer than 1000, of which 80% are distributed within the territory of Sichuan province._MG_2753

Located just 10km (6miles) away from Chengdu, the Panda Breeding Research Center has been created and imitated the pandas’ natural habitat in order that they might have the best possible environment for rearing and breeding. It cares also for other rare and endangered wild animals with an area of 92 acres, 96% of which is verdure. Giant pandas, lesser pandas, black-necked cranes, white storks as well as over 20 species of rare animals are fed and bred there throughout the year. Verdant bamboo, bright flowers, fresh air, a natural hill scene and a beautiful artificial view are merged indigenously at the base.

The necessary facilities for giant pandas have been completed and include a fodder room, sleeping quarters and a medical station. Additionally there is a Giant Panda Museum together with research laboratories and a training center. A great number of plants and as many as ten thousand clumps of bamboos and bushes have been cultivated to provide for the giant pandas’ diet and habitat.

The Giant Panda Museum was opened in 1993 to further scientific education and to improve public awareness of the protection of both wild creatures and their environment. This is the world’s only thematic museum for rare and endangered animal species. The three main exhibitions are in the Giant Panda Hall, the Butterfly Hall and the Vertebrate Hall. The exhibits include all kinds of precious pictures, more than 800 materials and show more than 2140 different samples gathered in Sichuan. These include examples of animals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and insects as well as fossils and models. The resources held in store at the museum include up to ten thousand samples as well as a library of thousands of books and documents. This excellent and comprehensive museum provides a wonderful venue for all who are interested in seeing something of the propagation and protection of the region’s natural bio-diversity.

MY EXPERIENCE:

This is definitely the Highlight of our Chengdu trip. A fantastic place to see adorable giant pandas of all ages, doing what they do the best – eating and sleeping. They are crazy creatures with the teeth of a carnivore and a mind focused on food and sleep. You learn how to relax just by observing them, practically lying around surrounded by bamboo simply chewing and chewing and chewing._MG_2887We loved this place! We came to Chengdu just to visit this place and I was little worried that it wouldn’t be worth the side trip(Leshan & Emeishan). According to my plan, We should’ve arrived early in the morning,But we arrived  the park at 10:00am  & we were not disappointed at all._MG_2741My first experience was watching Some Scientists playing with the Cubs while making a documentary.And what a funny and entertaining animals they are… We spent around 30-40 mins while watching those cubs play.

_MG_2828While heading inside we saw a mother and a cub playing. We could have watched these two, for hours. Panda’s are undeniably adorable; perhaps this is why we spent 20mins watching the same pandas sit eating bamboo. The panda’s look completely at home munching on bamboo and are thoroughly entertaining._MG_2817In the Giant panda hall, We watched an interesting video at the Panda Story Cinema, showcasing natural history of giant pandas, including the birth of giant panda cubs, panda breeding in captivity, and the conservation of giant pandas – well worth a watch. We also visited the interactive Panda Scientific Discovery Centre – informative._MG_2948The research center is a very beautiful place, clean, well organized with excellent facilities -Lovely environment and easy access to all the animals!! The pandas live in a pleasant place. They are very tender, friendly and lovely. They always eat, play and sleep. We were there to visit for just half day, but ended up spending most of the day here and enjoyed !

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My suggestion: Is that go there as early as possible, as the Pandas are fed around 9:30am (the park opens at  7:30am) because we observed that the giant pandas were less active or asleep after 11.30 am.

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