Chengdu: A must-visit destination for panda fans

CHENGDU, China, Dec. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A male giant panda cub recently born at Adventure World in Shirahama, Wakayama prefecture in Japan, has excited the people of China and Japan. It has also made Chengdu, home to the giant pandas, attract considerable attention from panda fans around the world.

A young panda is playing
A young panda is playing

"Chengdu is a must-visit destination for me and my friends," Katrina, a college student in the United States, said she hoped to travel to Chengdu next year with her friends, for Chengdu is the homeland of most of the captive pandas in the world, including the newborn in Japan.

Katrina said what she wanted to visit most in Chengdu is the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, where the newborns grandparents and its father come from.

The base, established in 1987, has mastered the world’s leading technology for giant panda research and breeding. More than 200 captive giant pandas live at the base, the largest artificial breeding panda group globally.

Fountain, a British man working in Beijing, said he was also planning to travel to Chengdu, to experience the charm of pandas hometown. In addition to the captive pandas, he is interested about the wild giant pandas living in the mountainous areas of Chengdu as well.

Located in Southwest China’s Sichuan province, Chengdu is an essential habitat for wild giant pandas. The fourth national panda survey results show that 73 wild pandas live in the Chengdu area of the Giant Panda National Park.

Fountain is scheduled to watch the pandas, and looking for the panda elements in the city, such as panda dumplings, panda dolls, panda wall paintings, a panda post office, and a climbing panda sculpture on the city’s Chunxi Road.

Both Katrina and Fountain are willing to experience the unique culture of Chengdu, where great poets like Li Bai and Du Fu in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and Lu You in the Song Dynasty (960-1279) have left behind a number of poems.

Chengdu is home to many cultural landscapes, including the Wuhou Shrine Museum, China’s most prestigious memorial site for the heroes of the Three Kingdoms (220-280) period, the Taoist shrine Qingcheng Mountain, and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System, which was built 2,200 years ago and is still in service. Chengdu is also the birthplace of many world-famous cuisines, such as mapo tofu and kung pao chicken.

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