Two pandas at the Louguantai Wild Animal Breeding and Protection Centre near Xi'an

Pandas

The Giant Panda is the universally loved, unofficial mascot of China. Panda's used to be found in nearly all of China's southern provinces but nowadays the population is severly threatened and their future is uncertain. Their rapid decline in numbers has been largely due to poaching, the expansion of villages into the hills and deforestation, which has reduced the areas for the pandas to live in. Not aided by the fact that a certain type of bamboo from a specific altitude is their main food source.

Positive steps have been taken in recent years to help preserve the panda. The Chinese government has established over 50 panda reserves, protecting more than 60 percent of the population. The most notable nature reserve is Wolong near Chengdu - established in 1975, specifically for the improvement of the panda birth rate and to help re-introduce them to the wild. Wolong Nature Reserve was established in 1975, specifically for the protection and improvement of the panda birth rate. It also breeds pandas to be re-introduced to the wild. Covering an area of 2,000 square kilometres, the reserve is in an alpine valley on the Tibetan Plateau. If you're keen to see pandas at Chengdu, take a look at our Sizzling Sichuan tour below.

Although you can trek in search of seeing pandas in the wild, sightings are very rare and it is more than likely that you will only see pandas in captivity at one of the research base and breeding centres. Contact our tailor-made team if you would like to see Pandas on your own a customised China tour.

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