US first lady Michelle Obama heads for China with her mother and daughters in tow on Wednesday. Along the way, Mrs. Obama and the two generations of women accompanying her daughters Malia and Sasha and mother Marian Robinson visited the Chengdu Panda Base, home to about 50 pandas.
Former United States Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick and former Prime Minister of Pakistan Shaukat Aziz visited the Base.
The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding: Located on the Futou Hill 10 km north of downtown Chengdu, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is one of China's most important refuges for endangered wildlife. Established in 1987 when six giant pandas were rescued from the wild, the Base has been operating as a nonprofit organization specializing in protecting, researching and breeding rare wild animals, especially giant pandas, one of the commonly recognized national treasures of China.