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There are many opportunities for travelers of ages to learn about Sichuan culture, history and heritage. These activities are well suited for family gatherings where everyone can marvel and ask questions together. This could lead to a pleasant, shared cultural experience. At least, it will create several memorable family photographs.
Religion was both an area of controversy and support within the ancient, Sichuan dynasties. The Qing Yang Palace was constructed during a prosperous period of Toaism in China. The palace remains a highly regarded monument and a venerated Toaist temple. The Eight Trigrams Pavillion is the architectural centerpice of the temple. A leisurely afternoon for locals includes tea, music, and a walk around the temple.
While getting to know local villagers do not ignore the pandas. Pandas have lived in Sichuan for centuries alongside their human counterparts. There are fewer than 1,000 in existence today and 80 % live outside of Chengdu.
The Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center is a natural preserve where visitors can meet and greet the pandas. The common giant panda and lesser known species all live, eat, sleep, and are cared for within the park. Native birds, amphibians, and reptiles are also on exhibit.
Before the pandas existed, dinosaurs roamed this region. The Dinosaur Museum in Zigong provides the archaeological support for this fact. The museum sits upon a 17 acre excavation site and contains fossils more than 65 feet long in its exhibits. Researchers have found many fossils that are over 100 million years old.