If there is one creature on this planet which is absolutely cute, it is a panda! Pandas are lovable, and they are such ineffably lovely creatures that the only thing you can do is stare at them affectionately and allow them tobecome indelible.
Well, pandas are quite attractive, but they are very few in numbers. Why? —because humans are stupid, greedy, and heartless. However, if you badly want to see these roly-poly creatures, you can head to China, a nation pioneering in panda welfare and reservation.
In case, you have already made up your mind to see pandas in China, let us guide you to the 5 best places where they can be seen.
1. Dujiangyan Panda Base
Situated in Dujiangyan Prefecture, Dujiangyan Panda Base is essentially a conservation and research centre for giant pandas and is relatively new. Founded in 2014, it houses about 20 pandas, and, owing to its recent establishment, it is much quieter.
2. Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Centre
We have on the list the most popular panda conservation centre in China—Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Centre. This breeding base is situated on the outskirts of Chengdu city and is a bubbling spot for tourists across the world. It isknown for its array of panda-friendly facilities.
The research base is sufficiently equipped with a number of facilities such as baby panda house and enclosures, a museum, a laboratory, and several health stations. The base creates an approximation of the wilderness in which pandas should have originally lived, but, alas, humans!
3. Beijing Zoo
While Chengdu is the most popular, Beijing Zoo is the most crowded panda breeding base. The zoo is located in Beijing and is presently the largest of its kind in the country. The zoo runs a panda house, which is amongst the most visited enclosures.
In case Chengdu is not happening, you should know that the Beijing Zoo is a good alternative; but, as it is crowded, we recommend to take a guided tour instead.
4. Wolong Panda Centre
On the West of Chengdu, we have Wolong Panda centre which takes care of about 30 pandas. The centre is regarded ideal for those who do not wish to indulge in the volunteer program (i.e. taking care of pandas).
Wolong once housed more than 100 giant pandas, but because of the earthquake that took place in 2008, it has only 30 pandas under its care now. It is a decent place where pandas are found cuddling and playing off with each other!
5. Ocean Park
Last on the list is Ocean Park, which is located in Hong Kong. It is basically a huge ocean park which also houses four giant pandas affectionately named AnAn, Ying Ying, Le Le, and JiaJia.
A fun fact: Le Le and Ying Ying were gifted by the Chinese Central Government to mark the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the country.