China, as one of the world’s biggest countries, is filled with many treasures. From the Great Wall to the Terracotta Warriors, the nation prides in its priceless treasures. Out of their countless attractions, China’s most lovable treasures are there giant pandas. To find these treasures, many visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
Founded in 1987, the facility is home to nearly 100 pandas and has seen over 120 births. The research center was created to rescue and protect the endangered panda species. Although the Chengdu Zoo previously carried out efforts to protect the pandas, the research would advance these efforts.
Giant pandas are considered endangered because the population is currently less than 2,000. Although the numbers are still low, the research center’s efforts helped increase the population by 17 percent within the last 10 years.
Within the facility, visitors can witness the pandas’ life within the grand and beautiful bamboo gardens. Visitors can see pandas play, eat and sleep, including cubs. There are also photo opportunities for visitors and pandas. One of the most unforgettable experiences is the opportunity to hold a baby panda in your arms. Visitors can donate money to the facility for these opportunities.
The research center does not just shelter giant pandas. The facility is also home to more than 70 beloved red pandas. Although they are not as famous as pandas, they are just as cute, exotic and unique.
In addition to the red pandas, you can find other species in the park such as peacocks, peahens, black-necked cranes and storks.