No trip to China would be complete without seeing the country’s furry mascot – the Giant Panda. Lucky for you we’ve just launched a brand new tour which encompasses the highlights of China with a visit to the world-famous Chengdu Panda Centre, which today welcomed two newborn cubs to its family!
While words like laid-back, quaint and charming are not those you would typically use to describe a thriving metropolis, Chengdu is an exception. As the capital of the Sichuan Province, Chengdu is a juxtaposition of high-rise buildings and glitzy shopping malls, alongside traditional wooden architecture and artisan workshops – not to mention it is also home to the Giant Panda.
Just outside of town, the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre was originally founded in 1993 and today compromises of a team of researchers and experts who work to ensure the survival of these endangered animals thorough breeding, research and education.
Spread over 92 acres the centre has been designed to replicate the natural habitat and diet of the species with clumps of bamboo, vibrant flowers, and a stunning hill scene. More than 20 species of rare animals, including lesser pandas, white storks and black-necked cranes, can also be spotted living within the centres verdant grounds. A visit the Panda nursery allows for a up close view of the centre’s infant population, or for an extra fee visitors can cuddle with one of the giant creatures and snap a photo or two.
On our brand new 11 day Great Wall & Pandas tour travellers can see the key highlights of China and spend a day at the centre, seeing these furry mammals for themselves and learning more about conservation efforts in place to ensure their survival.
See what the pandas are up to today on the centre’s Panda Cam!