HOME TO THE ADORABLE BUT ENDANGERED GIANT PANDAS
The Giant Pandas are one of the most iconic images of China. With only a thousand of these creatures remaining in the wild, they are an endangered species, however, China has developed a very successful breeding program to ensure the survival of these magnificent creatures.
The leading center for panda breeding is the Giant Panda Research Base in Chengdu. Founded in 1987 with just six animals, the facility now houses over 80 pandas. The research base is conveniently located on the outskirts of the city and comprises a large area covered by trees and bamboo, reminiscent of the pandas’ natural habitat.
A visit to the research base includes unparalleled access to the pandas. Accompanied by one of the experienced keepers, visitors have the opportunity to assist with the feeding of one of the animals within the enclosure. Clients also have the opportunity to take a pleasant walk around the grounds to see the other pandas and learn about the breeding program.
At Leshan, is the remarkable Grand Buddha, reputedly the world’s largest stone-carved Buddhist statue. Etched into the side of the river cliff, the carving was completed in 803AD. Experience the best view from the river on a short boat ride.