China Giant Panda Research Center Travel

Giant Panda Research Center in Chengdu, China

As I’m sure you already know, China is famous for the cutest animal ever: pandas! In fact, Chengdu (which is where I’m living in China), is where the Panda Research Center is located. I’m sure you’ve read articles like this, or have watched videos like this, that feature the employees at the research center in Chengdu living the dream and playing with pandas all day long. (Ugh, what a life!)

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, or simply Chengdu Panda Base, is a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other rare animals. It is located in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. Chengdu Panda Base was founded in 1987. It started with 6 giant pandas that were rescued from the wild. By 2008, it had 124 panda births, and the captive panda population has grown to 83. Its stated goal is to, ‘be a world-class research facility, conservation education center, and international educational tourism destination.'” (via wiki)

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

I’ve wanted to visit the panda center forever, so it’s fair to say I was pretty excited the morning we arrived. (My nickname growing up was, “Manda Panda” after all!) I’ve only seen one panda in real life before, and that was at the Smithsonian Zoo in Washington, DC. Seeing one up close was awesome, but to visit a place totally dedicated to pandas…?! Wowwwie!

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

Anna from Slightly Astray joined me and we walked and walked for hours, making sure to cover every square inch of the park. (OMG it was hot. China is so hot.)

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

In true tourist fashion, I took a lot of photos… Like, 354 to be exact. This doesn’t include the thirty or so videos I captured, either! It was just so exciting/fascinating to watch the pandas eat, walk around, and sleep. They’re so adorable! They don’t look real to me, haha. It almost looks like someone is wearing a panda costume, walking around pretending to be a panda. They’re too fluffy and cute!

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

It was hard to pick a favorite panda because they were all cute in their own way, but this one really made me laugh. Look at how he’s sitting! The internet is reaaaaally slow in China so I’m unable to embed any videos into this post, but here’s one I took of this guy.

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

This panda sat in his pile of bamboo and swiftly chomped, chomped, chomped away at all of it. I loved watching him eat. I also loved how his right arm was resting on that wood piece. I took a short video of him, too!

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

These baby pandas were playing up in the tree together and kept biting each other’s arms and slipping from branch to branch. There was a huge crowd here watching them and every time one of them moved, everyone would say, “awww!” or “ooooh!” all at once, haha.

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

There was a delivery house that had itty bitty newborn pandas as well as bigger, fluffy baby pandas. We were rushed through pretty quickly (a guy was yelling at us through a megaphone) because there was a large line, but I tried to take photos/videos the best I could!

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

Inside another building, we found more babies sleeping. There was a guy in there with these pandas video taping them. I discovered after the fact that there’s a 24hr webcam at the research center! Check it out!

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

The red pandas were super cute too, of course! They’re like little raccoon-fox-dogs. Their enclosure really confused me though because there didn’t seem to be appropriate fences keeping them inside. I think if they really wanted to, they could slip under the huge gaps in the fences and escape, but I guess they don’t care to? It was hard to tell how many red pandas there were in the area because they were scattered about, sometimes in trees, sometimes sleeping on logs. I’m so curious to know why they don’t try to get out! Here’s a video I took.

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

The souvenirs were pricey of course, so I only left with a little panda stuffed animal and a magnet, but this backpack caught my eye. It almost says Amanda! :-D

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

Panda Center in Chengdu, China

I’m so happy I got to see the pandas. It’s something that has been on my bucket list forever! <3 As always, thanks for reading! xo

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Stephanie
    July 10, 2017 at 5:58 AM

    Oh my goodness – this looks like so much fun! All those pandas! So cute! :)

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    Nano @ Travel With Nano B.
    July 11, 2017 at 9:40 PM

    This is so incredibly cute! It is my biggest regret that we didn’t manage to squeeze in a trip to Chengdu to play with pandas during our visit to China. They are adorable! xoxo, nano | http://www.travelwithnanob.com

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      amandaaude@gmail.com
      July 15, 2017 at 10:56 AM

      Awww, so sad you couldn’t see them! They were soooo adorable. <3 <3 <3

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    Fiona
    July 13, 2017 at 11:50 PM

    awwww so cute and I totally agree about them being humans in costumes!! :)

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    Anna
    July 14, 2017 at 9:54 PM

    I’m so glad we explored it together!! Such a fun day, even if it felt ridiculously hot! I’m soooo glad I got to check this off too! I know, they don’t look real to me either…. which is so weird because bears look real to me. Must be the perfect black/white coloring! Your photo turned out amazing.. eeeek so cute! My favorite was the fat one eating bamboo, the babies playing, and the red pandas!

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      amandaaude@gmail.com
      July 15, 2017 at 10:57 AM

      <3 <3 I'm sooo happy we were able to do this together!! Can't wait to see your photos!

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    Kelly
    July 24, 2017 at 1:07 PM

    Can they get any cuter?! So adorable!!

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    Novreica
    August 2, 2017 at 10:05 PM

    Both pandas and red pandas are SO CUTE and adorable! <3<3<3
    I'm so happy to see such Panda Center and it's been in my bucket list for a long time!

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    Jane Rebecca
    August 7, 2017 at 5:55 AM

    Love your photos – this is definitely on my bucket list, they are just too adorable!! I love that they’re so cute they don’t even seem real in person haha. The red pandas are super sweet too :) what an amazing experience!

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      amandaaude@gmail.com
      August 10, 2017 at 7:41 AM

      Thank you!! You should definitely check it out, but maybe go on a fall or spring day, when it isn’t so hot! Gosh, the humidity in China is just too much haha

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    Amanda
    August 16, 2017 at 11:35 PM

    The red pandas! So adorable. What fun to be able to see this in person!

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    KatieMcK
    September 19, 2017 at 9:56 PM

    HOW FUN. Did you discover why the Red Pandas don’t try to escape? The video of that one being lazy made me laugh out loud. Such cuteness

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