Chengdu: Panda Panda Panda

Well, I mean that’s what everyone things. Spicy food. Pandas. Earthy people. Pandas. Earthquake. Pandas. Hot Pot. Pandas. Flower Peppers. Pandas.

I was in Chengdu over the weekend for a work project, but I was lucky enough to have a day off to go off and visit the Chengdu Giant Panda Research and Breeding Base.

Pandas turned out to be really awesome – especially in a place like the Research Base since you could get pretty close in their enclosures. I came really close to snatching a little Chinese kid’s water gun because he kept squirting the pandas.

Pandas, its turns out, like sleeping

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And eating

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And sleeping

Panda in a tree

And sleeping

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And eating

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They also had the only very slightly related red pandas there. Red pandas were a lot more active and vocal than the giant pandas. We witnessed a 3 way fight between three of them, which included them scampering all over the viewing platforms.

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Red panda

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He’s coming right for us!

Red Panda on the attack (no seriously)

Back to giant pandas, sleeping

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Socialable pandas

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Feeding time

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So, if you’ve ever had friends that have visited Chengdu and one of the two panda facilities, you’ve probably seen them wearing a surgery apron and hugging a panda. I knew that I had to pay about 1000 RMB (it ended up being 1300 RMB) what I didn’t know was that you had to pay cash – good thing that I had 1427 RMB in my wallet at the time, because I got to do this:

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Of course Chengdu wasn’t ALL pandas. I did some eating (and work) too. Those I’ll share in my next blog post.

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3 Responses to Chengdu: Panda Panda Panda

  1. Dad says:

    We were there too but did not want to pay US$200 just to have photos taken with a panda.

  2. uzbekcelia says:

    Our cousin paid 1,000 baht (or more, can’t remember?) to hold a tiger cub in Chiang Mai.

  3. Terence says:

    @Dad – for one person its a lot more palatable. For more than one it adds up in a hurry.

    @Celia – 1000 baht is like 30 bucks. 1200 RMB is like 200 bucks.

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