As for Chengdu travel guide, Wolong Panda Reserve is definitely a strong recommened place, which is also known as Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries, which is situated in the east of Mt. Qionglai, about a 3-hours drive from Chengdu. It is a comprehensive state natural reserve, occupying an area of 200,000 hectares (494,200 acres). Wolong National Natural Reserve was first built in 1963, making it the earliest, largest and famous panda reserve in China and also in the whole world. In 1980, it was listed on UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve Network.
Features of Wolong National Natural Reserve
Supported by the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda, which was founded in 1980 with assistance from World Wildlife Fund, in Wolong Panda Reserve, there are totally sixty-seven captive pandas among 150 pandas. In the Center, Hi-tech is used so common, which can be regarded as a world leader in propagating the panda species. If you like, you can take pictures with mice-like Wolong panda babies.
In China, pandas are national treasures and also ambassadors showing goodwill to other people and countries, so people from all nations are welcome to adopt pandas by naming them with an accompanying donation.
Wolong National Natural Reserve, since the opening of wildlife observation spots, has attracted numerous animal-lovers, tourists, explorers, as well as scientists, where wild pandas may show up sometimes.
Wolong National Natural Reserve, well-known as bio-gene bank both at home and abroad, is home not only to the giant pandas but also to some other rare and endangered animals such as red panda, golden monkey, white-lipped deer (Cervus albirostris), gnu (wildebeest) and some precious plants like yew and beech.
Other main scenic areas in Wolong Panda Reserve include: local plant specimen No.2170, animal and plant specimen museum, bird specimen No.225, beast No. 56, insects No.700, amphibious reptiles No.17 and fish No. 6.
Since Wolong National Natural Reserve enjoys warm and humid climate favorable to Chengdu pandas' favorite food, bamboo, it is also a fairyland for tourists. Meanwhile, 101 mountains above 5, 000 meters (16,400 feet) varying from 6, 250 meters (20,500 feet) to 1, 150 meters (3, 772 feet) as well beneficial to bio-diversity preservation and fantastic beauty of natural view here.
Admission Fee: CNY 30 (Panda Museum)