There are only about 1,000 giant pandas left in the wild. They are classified as endangered.
At first glance, the giant Panda seems to resemble a Bear but, in fact, its features show it has a stronger affinity with raccoons.
Keeping even a single Panda in a zoo is expensive. A panda costs five times more to keep than the next most expensive animal, an Elephant.
In China, giant Pandas are considered to be national treasures
Pandas have been a symbol of peace in China. For example, hundreds of years ago warring tribes in China would raise a flag with a picture of a panda on it to stop a battle or call a truce.
Additional Information about Chengdu / Giant Panda Research Center.
100Rmb, no student discount for foreigners.
58Rmb, for Chinese
Getting to The Giant Panda Research Center.
Every hostel and hotel in Chengdu offers tours to the center but there is absolutely no reason to take the tour, and I would actually recommend you NOT to take the tour. Why?
I have met a lot of tours in the park, they arrive late when the hordes are already there and they rush around the whole park with only spending limited time in the ‘kinder garden’. It’s very easy to reach the park with public transportation.
Take local bus 87 or 198 to reach the park, the price is 2Rmb.
A taxi should be around 30-50Rmb for the whole car.
Where to stay in Chengdu.
Chengdu has some world class hotels and I have stayed in most of them over the years, but my favorite is Flipflop hostel. Flipflop has by far the best location in the city, located 5min from the main square and shopping street, Chunxi Road where you got the metro, bus stops and plenty of food options. It’s also a 15min walk away from the Xīnnánmén bus station. The staff is super friendly and helpful and its a popular place for foreigners so you’re guaranteed to meet other travelers. From 40RMB for a bed in a 10-bed dorm per night.
Don´t forget to read about how to see the Great Ape, the Orangutan!
This blog was originally published on 'Unusual Traveler'