Seeing Chengdu’s Giant Pandas

I’ll have to add this to my list of places to go…

Seat 6A

I was a bit nervous to see our 28-day China tour included a visit to . I dislike the idea of zoos, and I have heard many a horror story about Asian zoos in particular. The day we visit the pandas I’m skeptical but cautiously excited to see animals in their natural habitat.

The Panda Research Base is in a misty forest just outside of Chengdu, Sichuan province. The center is dedicated to environmental protection, and the site completely awes me with its animal-focused design. Signs caution visitors not to speak above a whisper, not to use flash photography, and not to smoke anywhere on the premise. I think of the absolute din found at DC’s National Zoo and am impressed that such care has been taken to ensure the pandas have peace.

Picture of mother panda and her cub at Chengdu's Panda Research CenterMother and cub – this looks zoo-y, but there’s actually a small forest to the left


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2 thoughts on “Seeing Chengdu’s Giant Pandas

  1. Go! I spent five months in China and the panda facility in Chengdu was one of my favorite experiences. Also, if you have time, go a bit farther south to visit the giant Buddha near Leshan. It will blow your mind.


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