Here we go, a trip to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province made our vacation last month. More than just panda breeding center, a favorite tourist center of Chengdu, the city also has an interesting taste of food, Sichuan food flavors including salty, sweet, hot, spicy, sour and bitter. Sichuan cuisine has known for its bold flavors and spiciness. Apart from met local Sichuan cutest animal residents, my escape holiday from busy city also brought us to the Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei that located not far from Chengdu.
Chinese Panda Play Each Other
Together with my family, we booked 5 days Chengdu tour that also including for tour transport and accommodation. So all were arranged and we did not need worry about anything. Like everyone said a trip to Chengdu would not complete without a tour to see adorable Chinese pandas in their nature living habitat.
Leshan Giant Buddha from Boat
After did visit Chengdu Panda Breeding Center the whole day, next trip to Leshan Giant Buddha makes our tour complete. A couple of hours from Chengdu by private car, we arrived at Leshan Giant Buddha. That giant Buddha said as largest carved stone Buddha in the world! It even has been listed as one of World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1996. We climbed up the whole statue to get closer look as well as visit some of temples along our way. We could take photos while climbing it, and at last could admire that grandeur structure of the statue.
In additional, we also could take a cruise on Min and Qingyi River, viewed the giant Buddha from boat. We did relax our tour overall. It was a short trip to Chengdu but my experiences are priceless. Our guides were so professional, informative and friendly. From the beginning till the end of the tour all went well, and nothing really bad happen. Thanks for all the staffs helped us arrange this tour for us.
We are glad for book this local tour and looking forward to next tour to China and to Chengdu again. Last I know from our guide that Chengdu also famous for its tea culture. Lots of local get out and enjoy their time drink tea and play cards in a tea house. Unfortunately, we did not have chance that time so it must happen next time while travelling Chengdu.
My personal experience to Chengdu was amazing. My family and I, after visit Beijing for the third time, we decided to explore more China to Chengdu. My mom and I, both of us are interest with holding a panda then here we go, we just visit Chengdu for a week. Of course, travelling Chengdu, there are a lot of places that we should not missed including Leshan Giant Buddha, Mount Emei, even a short trip to Jiuzhaigou if your time allowed. Luckily, we have lots time for travelling in Chengdu, so that was easy and not too rushed for organized our trip. One the most highlight of our trip is hold a panda in Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Base. Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre is 18km outside of the city, and because we did reserve the trip so we could just wait the pick-up service in front of our hotel. The drive distance here from the city (our hotel) takes about an hour and you better get early and arrive at the breeding research earlier.
The park is open year-round from 8 am to 6 pm and admission costs 58 RMB. In addition to the giant pandas, red pandas, golden monkeys and other endangered species live and breed on the 106 hectares. We took on the service shuttle that cost us about 10-15 RMB per person. Lts of tourists took this option to cut more time.
From our trip to panda breeding research center in Chengdu, I could learn the life habits of this loveable creature. They eat all the time, played all along and enjoy their time live happily in their nature habitat. At the end of the tour, I finally could hold and took pictures with adorable panda. There are two time periods which you can hold a panda – 10:30am and 2:30pm. Visitors can start signing up to hold the panda at 10am and 2pm and pay the 2000 RMB as the "donation fee" in cash.
Panda in Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Base
I was very excited about my visit and it did not disappoint, especially with my experience holding a panda which is a very unforgettable moment. I sat down on a designated bench. I could not help but break into a huge smile as I first set eyes on the baby, a little ball of black and white fur about 7 months old and truly beautiful. As the staff placed him into my arms, it was a natural, maternal instinct for me to hold him close and cuddle. When the time came to hand him back to his keepers, I will be honest and let you know it was difficult. This was an experience and moment that you want to last forever.