The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding was the first stop on our tour of China. Knowing we were going to be able to see the black and white adorable bears definitely made the 7:30 am wake up of the day after the 2:30am bedtime, easier for everyone.
The Chengdu Panda Base was founded in 1987 with six pandas and since then has grown to currently host dozens of pandas.
The Giant Panda is the national animal of China, and thanks to the efforts of organizations such as the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, is no longer an endangered animal.
A sight of pandas is rare for any American, and being able to see so many pandas hanging out in trees, napping, and playing made the experience truly feel like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Our tour guide for Chengdu, Emma, was very nice and knew a lot not only about the Panda Base, but about all the tourist sites we visited in Chengdu.
While the part of the day we spent at the Panda Base was definitely a little on the misty side, the temperature was wonderful, letting us be fortunate to see plenty of pandas in action and snoozing in plain sight, not enclosed in their air conditioned rooms.
Of course, with such cute animals to see comes practically impossible to resist merchandise. Many people bought stuffed animals, keychains, and other items, all great memoirs of the visit.
Besides having pandas, the Panda Base also hosted black swans, peacocks, and red pandas. The red panda is not actually a panda, but a member of the raccoon family.
Overall, our time at the Panda Base was very fun and memorable, and was a great start for our experience in China. I myself really enjoyed my time at the Panda Base would recommend anyone to visit who is planning a trip to China. Zaijian!