A Special Treat
We looked forward to seeing panda bears since we booked our month long visit to China. At several stops along the trip we were teased with photos and souvenirs of panda bears. When we enjoyed a world class experience on our stay at the St Regis Chengdu, we even got a pair of stuffed panda bears as a welcome gift. But when we got up extra early to visit the cute panda bears from our stay in Chengdu, we were so excited.
It took us about an hour to get to the Chengdu Research Base Of Giant Panda Breeding. As soon as we entered, we knew we were at the right place. Buildings, statues and wall art were all covered in panda bears. There was even a panda post office with panda stamps!
Our guide had her route all mapped out. She ensured that we saw the maximum number of cute panda bears in Chengdu with the fewest number of people in our way. Different enclosures were used for different aged pandas. And we saw most of the enclosures on our visit.
Pandas Can Eat – A Lot !
The first panda bear we saw was lying on his back chewing on bamboo shoots. We soon discovered that the panda bears eat a lot. Panda bears were originally carnivores. But they ultimately grew too big to hunt and today they much prefer to eat bamboo. In fact, the word “Panda” most likely is derived from the Nepalese word that means “bamboo-eater.” A full grown panda eats for 10 to 12 hours per day and can eat about 25 to as much as 80 pounds of bamboo a day to meet their energy needs. We saw trucks laden with bamboo shoots all around the park.
The next time we saw an adult male panda in the trees, he too was chomping on bamboo. We wondered if that was all that they did!
Then we happened on a panda bear picnic. The group of toddler pandas sat and shared their bamboo. It almost seemed as if they were chatting at times.
The cute panda bears in Chengdu sure did seem to eat a lot!
When we walked through the park, we saw a wide variety of enclosures for the panda bears. And lots of different jungle gym type structures for them to play on. We visited a large enclosure with a number of pandas playing. They climbed up to various levels and rough-housed with each other. They seemed to be having a lot of fun.
When we looked close, we even caught sight of a panda curled up in the crook of a tree. He was finished eating and playing. And it must have been time for a nap!
The cute panda bears in Chengdu ignored us and played on.
Most of the panda bears were in outside areas. But we visited a few buildings with panda bears inside.
Several times we got the chance to see baby panda bears. We saw them playing in a crib. And we saw them being bottle fed. The babies were all in rooms with glass on the front. We were hustled quickly past the babies with barely a chance to oooh and aaah.
The cute panda bears in Chengdu were of all sizes and ages. But the babies captured our hearts.
We Found Such Cute Panda Bears In Chengdu
We spent most of the morning as we wandered around and enjoyed great views of the panda bears. It was great to see pandas in different environments. And to see that they do more than just eat!
On the way out we saw a sign for the enclosures for the red pandas. We wished we had time to see those too. But it left us with something for a return visit!
On our travels around the world we have had amazing bucket list animal encounters! So we were so glad we saw the cute panda bears in Chengdu! Many people went home with bags of panda bear souvenirs as a reminder. The panda visit was certainly a highlight of our visit to Chengdu. And one of the things we treasured from our visit to China.
Did you see panda bears in Chengdu? Weren’t they just the cutest things?
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