The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
It has to be done. When in the giant bear’s domain it is only right to engage in the pandemonium surrounding China’s national treasure, and the Chengdu Panda Research Base is the best place to do this. It’s just under an hour’s drive from the city center, and is beautifully maintained. Spend the morning wandering around and viewing pandas of all shapes and sizes, mostly munching bamboo and milling about their expansive enclosures. They are fed at 9:30 AM, and the cooler, earlier part of the day is when they are more active.
Open 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM; entry RMB58 ($9.50).1,375 Xiongmao (Panda) Avenue, Northern Suburb; panda.org. cn/english