Chengdu Panda Sanctuary - China
Have an unforgettable visit to China’s Giant Panda Reserve, the largest of its kind in the world. The Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre is home to around 80 Panda’s, which live in a uniquely crafted environment that mimics their natural habitat. First installed to protect the highly endangered species, the Centre gives visitors unrivalled access to the Panda’s, allowing much closer observation than most Western Zoos afford. Pandas are remarkably interesting animals, and watching them eating bamboo and frolicking on the apparatus is a truly wondrous experience. If you are lucky the Nursery may also have the chance to get up and close to some new-born Panda’s, whose tiny faces could melt even the coldest heart. There is also a museum on site, which provides all the history of the impressive Research Centre.
Where is it?
Chengdu is the capital of and the largest city in the Sichuan Province of China, which itself is in southwest China.
What is it?
Founded in 1987, the centre first began by rescuing 6 Giant Pandas. There are fewer than 1000 Pandas left in the wild, and the centre is at the fore-front of fighting to protect and research these remarkable animals
Best time to visit?
Chengdu has a subtropical monsoon climate, and the best time to visit is from March to June. This ensures missing the hottest summer months and wettest winter months.
Aside from the Giant Pandas, make sure to visit the Red Pandas which also call Chengdu their home. They are much smaller than the other Panda’s, they are closer in appearance to foxes, but they are just as rare and remarkable.