Bifengxia is under the jurisdiction of Ya’an City in southwest China’s Sichuan Province and is 148 km from Chengdu, the provincial capital. It is a branch of Wolong Panda Research Centere, with a total of 28 captive pandas and 20 panda enclosures. Due to the affects the earthquake took on 12th May 2008 in Wenchuan, many pandas were moved to Bifengxia from Wolong, so another 10 panda enclosures have been built.
The new home for giant pandas is located in the ravine of Bifengxia (Green Peak Canyon), at 1,100 to 1,200 metres above sea level. In the dense broadleaf forest with singing birds and murmuring streams stands a big gate with the image of a lovely giant panda carved on it, marking the entrance to the Bifengxia Giant Panda Base.
It is planned that in five to seven years, the base will have an additional 40 giant pandas moved in, making it one of the largest giant panda reserves. Also planned is a wilderness-releasing experiment area and an ecological living area, which will be developed in the near future.
About 100km northwest of Lijiang in Yunnan province is where the Yangtze River’s upper reaches, the Jingsha Jiang, channel with ...