The Story of the Black & White “Living Fossil”

Authors: Go Chengdu

2020-01-02

The globally famous giant panda, China’s national treasure, has a cute look with a chubby body, black and white fur and dark circles around its eyes, making itself the most loved animal in the world.
While it's very hard to see wild giant pandas since most of them live in deep mountains, there are places for you to appreciate the adorable animals:
A. Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (the Panda Base)
The Panda Base is located about 10km from downtown Chengdu and 30km from Chengdu Shuangliu Internationl Airport. It is a prestigious base for giant panda's off-site conservation, breeding, scientific education and educational tourism worldwide, boasting the largest number of captive giant pandas. Besides, the Base is a must-see place for tourists to the city.
B. "Panda Valley"— Dujiangyan Field Research Center for Giant Pandas
"Panda Valley" in Dujiangyan City, is adjacent to the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project and Mount Qingcheng, 50km from Chengdu.
The "Panda Valley" opened to the public on April 20, 2015. Currently, it possesses three giant panda wild transition training enclosures and one semi-wild transition training zone, where over ten giant pandas are receiving adaptive training to the wild.
C. China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda, Dujiangyan Base (also called "Panda Park" or "China's Giant Panda Garden in Dujiangyan)
Dujiangyan Base is 18km from downtown Dujiangyan.
It is the only R&D agency focusing on professional panda rescue and disease prevention, composed of seven functional zones of diseases prevention and research, rescue and quarantine, rehabilitation training, public education, administrative office and the natural landscape area.
D. China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda, Ya'an Bifengxia Base
Ya'an Bifengxia Base is located in Bifeng Gorge Scenic Spot, Ya'an City, about 15km from the city proper. It has an R&D center, a hospital, a cub nursing center, a breeding center and a display center of giant pandas. It's home to more than forty giant pandas by 2018.
E. China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda, Wolong Shenshuping Base
Wolong Shenshuping Base opened on May 11, 2016. It has three functional areas of feeding, adaptive training to the wild and public education of wild animals and 59 accommodations for giant pandas.
If you'd like to learn more about the giant panda, please pay attention to the Panda Channel of Gochengdu.cn and the official WeChat Account "GoChengdu够成都".
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