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Chengdu Pandas!

Day 139: Country #15.2

Chengdu is known for it’s Pandas. From giant panda hedges in front of Tainfu Square to pandas hanging off the side of the IFS mall and other decorations, you can see signs indicating the city’s identity tied to the cute creature. On the outskirts of the city are a few Panda parks and research facilities where they breed, raise, protect and study pandas.

I took the local buses to the Giant Panda Research Base on the north east of the city. It’s fairly accessible, but will likely require one transfer. Here are  directions:

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Pandas research Kungfu at the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base, China.

It’s a pretty large park with various stations, each containing something a little different. You can see adult pandas eating, red pandas, baby pandas and kung fu pandas.

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Pandas eat a LOT of bamboo each day and leave a big mess.

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Super cute sleepy baby pandas

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Wild panda in the park.

After walking all the way to the Moonlight Nursery at the far end of the park where I got a good view of the city, I hiked back to the entrance where I got some watermelon then bought a direct one way tour bus ticket to Wu Hou temple, saving the inconvenience of taking three buses, while also saving money because the cost of Wu Hou to Panda Base and vice versa were quite different (due to supply/demand).

Wu Hou temple looked small from the map, but contained a large variety of unique displays and architectural designs which I found really eloquent.

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Bonsai trees in Wu Hou temple, Chengdu, China.

Conveniently, Wu Hou transitions into the adjacent Jinli street, a famous traditional style street filled with street food, shops and tea houses. It’s a little smaller, but more compact compared to Kuan Zhai Xiangzi street.

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Jinli street, Chengdu, China.

If you have the choice between a more expensive option with direct service, or a cheaper option with two or more transfers, I advise taking the direct route because transfers can take a lot of time. Unless you have a lot or time or the transfers involve subways and buses which runs frequently (i.e. every 15 minutes), there is a good chance that missing one transfer will ruin the rest of the day.


    • Yes. 58 RMB, which is less than $10 USD, so a pretty good deal for the authentic Chengdu panda experience. The local buses only cost 1-2 yuan per ride depending on the bus type (i.e. Air conditioning).

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    • Glad you had fun. Did you see the video with the super tiny pandas? It’s crazy how big they eventually get. The visits seem like hit or miss. For example, I wasn’t able to see much at the Moonlight Nursery… I read that the government is expanding their panda sanctuary program and will be dedicating a huge almost province sized area to protect them, so hopefully there’ll be lots more more baby panda’s in the future!

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    • Thank you. Yes, they were absolutely adorable. There are even more of them in the Moonlight Nursery, but it was too hot the day I was there so they closed it to visitors 😦


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