Sichuan's Environmental Treasure Goes up on the Big Screen Worldwide

Authors: China Daily, Daily Telegraph, The Washington Post

2016-02-24

The first two installments of the movie series Kung Fu Panda, the latest of which came out in China and the United States last month, includes Chinese elements such as Sichuan cuisine, tai chi and the colored belt dance.
The first two installments of the movie series Kung Fu Panda, the latest of which came out in China and the United States last month, includes Chinese elements such as Sichuan cuisine, tai chi and the colored belt dance. However, those who see the film may be more interested in the Panda Village to which the hero Po returns with his father.
Po is amazed by the magnificent scenery on Qingcheng Mountain, where the Panda Village is located. Po finds his long-lost father and returns with him to the Panda Village, which is set on picturesque Qingcheng Mountain in Sichuan province.
"When Po and his father come to the Panda Village, the first things that come into sight are the wreathes of mist and the green forest, which are what the production team saw," said Raman Hui, director of the promotional music video for Kung Fu Panda 3.
Hui said the production team had visited Sichuan many times looking for ideas and thought Qingcheng Mountain the perfect place to locate the fictional village.
They also visited the pandas at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base.
Qingcheng Mountain, northwest of Chengdu, capital of Sichuan, is well known as a birthplace of Taoism and for its tranquil natural environment in the world.
In 2000, the mountain was listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, together with the nearby Dujiangyan irrigation system. In 2006 it was listed as a World Natural Heritage site as a corridor region of the giant panda habitat.
“Dujiangyan, where the mountain is located, is a Panda Village really,” said Chen Yongzhong, deputy director of the Longxi-Hongkou National Nature Reserve, one of the country’s 67 giant panda reserves. “Thanks to the improving environment, it is home to 14 wild pandas now, but there used to be only six to eight.”
Administered by Chengdu, Dujiangyan has two important wild populations of giant pandas. It is part of the ecological barrier in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River as well as a key region for the survival and reproduction of giant pandas, Chen said.
The city is also home to a rescue and disease control center and a field research center for the study of panda disease control and prevention, rescue and quarantine, rehabilitation and wilderness-survival training.
The two centers house 44 pandas that were bred in captivity. Some of those animals will be released into the wild.
Chen said the city has enlarged the living space for its pandas by protecting the forest around the panda habitat and building a nature reserve. It has returned 12,355 acres of farmland to forest, and built the Longxi-Hongkou National Nature Reserve that covers 76,602 acres, expanding the giant panda habitat to nearly 98,000 acres.
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