Chengdu: Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Get There: 1375 Xiongmao Avenue, Chengdu Sichaun Province
Cost: 58CNY ($10AUD)
Open: 8.00am – 5.30pm
It is impossible to travel through China without being inundated with tiny fuzzy black and white bears, or if you want to get scientific, pandas. Instead of spending your last few yuan on a panda-shaped watch (guilty), head to Chengdu and fork out 58 CNY ($10AUD) to frolic through tiny bear heaven aka Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Not just for five-year-old girls and old timers, this park is a veritable wonderland of goodness and there is no kitten meme on earth that will compare to the cuteness you will experience whilst there.
Important stuff to know:
- DON’T wear impractical shoes; the park is big, so be prepared and wear something comfy.
- DO charge your camera batteries before you go because you will be filming a lot of pandas eating bamboo.
- DON’T go with the babe from your hostel: your overzealous girly squeals will instantly turn him off and you will have no chance of seeing him sans pants.
- DO force your hungover self out of bed before noon. Pandas are fucking lazy and the best time to see them is before their afternoon siesta
- DON’T PAY 2000 CNY ($377AUD) to hold a baby panda and have a photo with it for two minutes. It is a waste of money and you could probably buy and hold a human baby in China for that kind of money.
This beautiful research-base-cum-Wildlife-Park is amazing to explore, and you will not be disappointed spending several hours nestled amongst the bamboo thronged pathways. Before you leave, make sure you take a moment to visit the Red Panda enclosure: they may be the uncool ranga siblings of the panda, but you already paid 10 bucks, so you may as well cram in as much tiny bear sight-seeing as possible.