Cuteness Overload at Chengdu Panda Reserve

In which I visit the Chengdu Panda Reserve

Pandas were top of my list when I went to Chengdu. Sure, I wanted to see Rachel and Ruby again as I’d not seen them since they left Zhangzhou in March, but the pandas at the Chengdu Panda Reserve are a little hard to ignore.

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Excited to be at the reserve!

Even Dad was excited when I told him I was going to see them!

Apparently the best time to see the pandas is early in the morning before and just after they are fed. This is because pandas love to sleep. They have little energy because the bamboo they constantly eat has little to offer them. Did you know that pandas are still considered carnivores because of their teeth? They used to eat meat thousands (maybe millions, I wasn’t really paying attention and just wanted to see something cute and fluffy!) of years ago. Interesting fact anyway that I didn’t know before.

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I hate noise too, does that make me a national treasure?

I digress, as is common with me.

The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding opens at 7:30am so there’s plenty of time to see the pandas more active, as they get fed around 9:30am. The price is 58RMB for an entry ticket.

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Front gate – looks like a panda

The cheapest way to get to the pandas is via the public bus, 2RMB per journey.

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Number 87

I took number 1 bus to Zhaojuesi bus station, then number 87, which was a cute old wooden bus (and reminded me of a tram!) which stops opposite the centre.

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Looking like a tram inside

There are plenty of taxi drivers hanging around outside though if you’re feeling lazy, however my common reaction to taxi drivers shouting “hello” at me now is “buyong” which is “don’t need/want it.” They then state the obvious that I am tall and then I sigh and engage them – they are then surprised and get bored of me, leaving me to my own devices to catch the bus.

Plus 1 for Sarah.

Back to the Chengdu Panda Reserve.

The park itself is actually quite large. It was also a little wet when I went so I decided to cheat and buy a ticket for the shuttle (10RMB). It says it was valid for 1 or 2 rides, but I hopped on and off a couple more times and because it was quiet I don’t think they minded so much.

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The panda bus

The lady who sold me the shuttle ticket showed me the best route to see the pandas. This included seeing one of the nurseries first.

Oh. My Word. Panda heaven.

Cute little pandas galore. Ok, so the youngest were a bit scrawny, but the ones on the blankets were cute as.

I have to admit at this point, I hadn’t gone early. I was a little worried that I wouldn’t see the pandas move at all.

However, I was one of the lucky ones. I saw pandas awake and eating, as well as climbing up things in the most unusual manner.

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The many stages of panda climbing

I of course saw pandas sleeping too, but I was happy I hadn’t seen all stationary pandas. Chengdu panda reserve

 I’m in a quandary. As much as I think pandas are cute and all, and that obviously we should save any species from extinction, I do think that too much money is spent keeping them alive. I’m sorry, but Darwin didn’t come up with his altogether correct theory of natural selection without reason. Pandas do not breed well, so therefore perhaps they’ve adapted to become extinct? I know, a crazy idea from a crazy person but just think about it, will you? Chengdu panda reserve

 Or let me know what you think in the comments below. Am I absolutely stark raving mad?

The pandas at Chengdu Panda Reserve are uber cute though. Go, go see them immediately. And maybe get there earlier than I did, just in case they do decide to sleep!

Would you fancy doing some panda volunteering too? Check out this page at Windhorse Tour for more information!

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Author: Bennett

2 years as an expat in China and now doing the same in New Zealand, Bennett sure likes to experience "slow travel!"

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    • There is no other word but cute for these guys really, is there?! I really hope you’ll get to see them, Meagan! 😀

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  1. Love the pictures! Is there a better time of the year to see the panda? Or are there baby pandas all year long? Do you know what the volunteers get to do? Thanks for sharing!

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    • I think most of the cubs are born in July and August, so it depends how old you want the babies to be! I know there was a lot on the news recently about the cubs being presented, but I went on 5th September and you can see from my pictures they were not all fluffy! Also, the older pandas are usually inside in their air-conditioned enclosures during this period too, as it’s hot in Chengdu. I was lucky and went on a damp day where they were all outside!
      As for the panda volunteering, I believe that you get to prepare and feed the pandas, clear it out and *maybe* get to have a picture with one, I am not sure. It’s best to enquire with the operators to see what you would get out of it.
      Hope this helps, glad you liked the pics and thanks for stopping by Mishele!

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  2. Oh they’re so cute and cuddly! I regret not making it to Chengdu during the four months I was in China. It was high on my list, but I left prematurely. It looks like it was worth it completely! So interesting to learn about the carnivore thing. Crazy!

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    • There is something special about pandas that makes everyone melt, isn’t there? Yes, was really interesting to learn about them being carnivorous before – they still have the huge teeth to prove it!

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  3. We didn’t get to go into the nursery during out visit, but we did pay an obscene amount of money to hold one. It was worth every penny!

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    • Penguins would be my weakness for paying obscene amounts of money – pandas, I can totally understand too though 🙂

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  4. Super cute indeed. I don’t believe that I have ever seen pandas in real life before – we have 2 here at our zoo for a limited time only and I plan on visiting them soon but to see the nursery etc would be amazing!

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    • I’ve seen a couple of pandas here and there but it’s nothing like having loads together. And the nursery… wow! 🙂

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