The adorably cute and delightful black-and-white creatures are indeed a political symbol of China and the most iconic images. Their cute habits have successfully made them internet sensations with the help of videos of their hilarious tricks and pranks.
Having existed on Earth for 8 million years, native to the south-central region of China and proudly called the 'national treasures', pandas once wandered a vast area of China as well as small pockets of neighboring Burma (Myanmar) and also in the very north of Vietnam.
After many years of deforestation of bamboo and loss of their very own habitat caused by farming and urban advancement and growth, pandas have been forced out of their own natural lowland habitat.
The small number of pandas that exist in the wild today are now concentrated in six mountain ranges in central-western and southwestern China, mainly in Sichuan Province, and available in Shaanxi and Gansu provinces covered with small bamboo forests.
If you want to visit these adorable fluffy animals who are one of the most precious animals in the world, then the best place to see these giant pandas is unquestionably in Chengdu, which is known to be the hometown of Giant Pandas.
But there are other places where you can pay a visit to these giant pandas if you cannot visit Chengdu due to unforeseen circumstances.
Below listed are the best places to visit these giant pandas.
Chengdu Panda Base
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, which in simple words is also known as Chengdu Panda Base, located in the northeast of Chengdu suburb around 16 kilometers away, is the closest pandas based in Chengdu with approximately a 30 minutes' drive.
Currently, Chengdu Panda Base is an abundant open park full of nature with the largest amount of pandas that are based in China and is also equipped for the purposes of giant panda breeding, with a baby panda house, several enclosures for adult pandas and cubs, health stations, a giant panda museum, and a laboratory
Thousands of bamboo plants are reaped there to feed these giant pandas to help them grow and breed. Therefore, it is a must-visit destination for all tourist attractions when they come to visit Chengdu, undoubtedly giving you the experience of a lifetime!
This base's objective is to train these pandas according to the wild living environment and train these pandas to survive and adapt according to the wild living.
These rare and endangered species are then released for the continuation and preservation to stop them from being extinct.
Dujiangyan Panda Base
China Conservation and Research Centre for these cute and cuddly Giant Panda Dujiangyan Panda Base is a new and innovative panda center, which was actually established in 2014.
Because it is much quieter and less travelers visit here, it makes it all the more special for the volunteers to spend more time and provides them with greater opportunities to get close to these pandas.
In contrast to the Chengdu Panda Base, this panda base is more natural, surrounded by verdant bamboo forest, Green Mountain, pleasant and fresh air, providing these Pandas a promising scenic environment.
Presently there are around 40 giant pandas and 5 red pandas that live here. You can easily take a volunteer program and spend a full day to make your panda dream come true.
Ocean Park is a large ocean theme park and one of numerous large amusement parks for the purposes of enjoyment in Hong Kong. You can easily explore and see many kinds of marine fishes.
Ocean Park is home to four giant pandas named An An, Jia Jia, Le Le and Ying Ying. Le Le and Ying Ying are gifts from China's central government to celebrate the event of the tenth anniversary of Hong Kong's return to their motherland.
Bifengxia Giant Panda Base
Situated in Ya'an city, approximately a two-and-a-half-hour drive from downtown Chengdu, the Bifengxia Giant Panda Base is home to over 30 of these black-and-white coated adorable fluffy animals.
Many of them were saved from the Wolong National Natural Reserve, which underwent a lot of destruction after an earthquake that occurred in 2008, which was only four years after its opening.
Pandas are trained here to learn basic survival skills, hoping that they may someday be returned to the wild and survive on their own. The panda center's grounds include diverse ground and vegetation along with valleys and waterfalls that resemble and are important to create a panda's natural environment.
20 areas have been allocated within the grounds of the base for baby pandas where certain activities are held. It is also a breeding zone, and many bamboo forests and implanted to off sufficient amount of food to these Pandas. A research Centre is also situated for the purpose of providing details on conservation efforts.
Shaanxi Rare Wildlife Rescue and Breeding Centre
Also known as the Louguantai Wild Animal Breeding and Protection Centre, this main research facility was originated in 1987 and had been vigorously working ever since. It has also nursed back to health over 300 animals and has bred no less than 400, which comprises of these cute and cuddly giant and red pandas as well as the red-crested ibis and the golden monkeys.
The 20 giant pandas that it has bred are the star attraction that generates happiness, with numerous panda cubs having been bred over the last few years and a male and female set of twins born back in 2009.
The Shaanxi Rare Wildlife Rescue and Breeding Centre is a great option to visit for those visiting and in hopes of exploring the treasures of China without having the time to make it as far as Chengdu.
These Pandas apart from eating, sleep most of the time. So it is not always likely that you will possibly see them as they live in enclosures away from prying eyes which have an indoor concrete section and outdoor grassy area.
Although the situation is not so capacious compared to other panda bases, the ultimate and main objective is to one day release these Pandas back into the wild when they learn how to survive independently.