Our timing is perfect. Mama panda is assisting baby panda as he tries to climb a tree as we approach the enclosure housing baby panda at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, China.
Baby Panda Learns to Climb a Tree
Our visit is about more than just lots of “awww” moments and cute photos. At the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding we learn about the Giant Panda (in English), the research currently being done, their current troubles and how we can help. This research facility is the first open laboratory for endangered animal research and conservation in China.
The center is also home to other endangered wildlife, including red pandas, swans, peacocks, birds, butterflies and hundreds of insects. And, the grounds are stunning.
We spent only a half day at the Panda Research Center. And for us, this was enough time as we are quite tired. In retrospect, we should have planned an extra day of rest between Shanghai and Beijing. In three days we flew first from Shanghai to Xi’an to see the army of the Terracotta Warriors, the Wild Goose Pavilion and walk on the Xi’an city wall. That night we flew to Chengdu. In the morning we visited this Panda Research Center, followed by Sichuan Hot Pot, and Face Change Opera. In the morning we will make the two-hour drive to Leshan to see the World’s Largest Budha carved in stone, followed by a visit to the old town of Haunglongxi before returning to the Chengdu airport for a flight to Beijing.
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