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“An eye-opening experience.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi)

Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi)
No.1375 Xiongmao Avenue the Outside Northern Third Ring Road, Chenghua District, Chengdu 610081, China
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Ranked #1 of 191 attractions in Chengdu
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Edmonton, Canada
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“An eye-opening experience.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

Nice to learn about these wonderful gentle giants in a very lovely park. The on-going research is commendable. Saw quite a number of Pandas and liked the layout of the park. A must when you are in Chendu.

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“Be prepared for an early start !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

If you want to see the Pandas you need to be there before 9.30am .We observed the young Pandas at three different age groups. We went to the incubators but only had moments to observe the babies because of the queues.However we did have a wonderful time watching a youngster with its mother seeming oblivious to the attention of the audience. Ensure you have lots of video time. Be careful some of the paths are quite slippy and steep and can catch you unaware as you are too busy looking at the lush plants and flowers. I would advise skipping the carts and head straight for the young Pandas to see them having breakfast, facinating to watch them use their 6th finger. Take a walk to see the lake with its black swans and a chance to feed the koi carp who fight for a morcel of food.

Visited August 2012
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“Getting There”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

It is possible to get there by local bus. We took the 64 from just along from Starbucks in Tianfu Sq to the very last terminal called something like Zhouzhong Monastery. This is a very Chinese bus station with no set platforms. Ask for the 87 which was a blue bus with wooden seats. It goes on and off the main road a bit eventually getting to the Panda Sanctuary which is well signposted. Make sure you arrive before the 10am tours. The nursery area seemed less crowded and there were great photo opportunities in the morning. We were impressed with the number of pandas and the environment. The cleanest toilets are opposite the Panda Kitchen. Getting home was an adventure as we couldn't find the 87. Only do this if you have the time and want to experience traffic mayhem a la China. Cost 4RMB each way.

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“One of the top experiences on our trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

This was probably the#1 favorite experience our kids had during our 3 weeks in China. The visit was well coordinated and very educational.
If you arrange your visit ahead of time it is possible to get a behind the scenes tour for the research labs that (for us) included the chance to help care for the animals {you pay extra to have a chance to clean the cages, weight up their poop, and then feed them a snack - apples on a stick to get them moving around}. This is a good way to help support the research and have a little fun, but you have to be open minded about it. It gives the closest panda encounter you will get anywhere in the world.
For another additional fee you can hold a young panda on your lap for a minute or two. It was an unforgettable experience for the kids ! It was not cheap (about $100/kid when we were there) and if you didn't pay you didn't go into that building, so the researchers take the pics of your kids using your camera if the parents elect to stay outside (they did a fine job w/ the pics).
Try to go early in the morning while the temps are lower so the animals will be more active and the crowds will be thinner.

Visited August 2012
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“Lovely Panda”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

The panda is very lovely, especially the baby panda, we went to see the baby panda who is 2 weeks old, then the one is 2 month old, they look really different, the 2 weeks old panda just look like a small baby cat, the youth panda love to play, for the red panda, if compare with the panda, I think they are not as lovely as the panda, but they are lovely too.

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