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China Panda Tours

Chubby, fuzzy and playful, this black-and-white bear lives nowhere else in the wild except in China, and is widely accepted as China's national treasure. For many tourists, the chance to see these adorable giant pandas has become one of the primary reasons to visit China. When planning a China panda tour, the following guide will be immensely helpful, containing useful information like popular panda tours, places to see pandas, and many interesting panda facts.
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Best Places to See Pandas
Chengdu Research & Breeding Center
The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, about 40 minutes' drive from Chengdu, was established in March 1987. 20 years of development later, the population of giant pandas has swelled from the original 6 rescued from the wild, to 83 healthy bears.
Dujiangyan Panda Base
Dujiangyan Panda base, nearly one and a half hours' drive from Chengdu, is a newly established conservation and breeding panda center. Featuring an excellent ecological environment with vast bamboo forests and green lawns, it is a pleasant space for China's "national treasures" and their numerous fans.
Other Places to See Pandas
  • Beijing Zoo
  • Shanghai Zoo
  • Chongqing Zoo
  • Guilin Zoo
  • Hongkong Ocean Park
Know more about Giant Pandas
The giant panda is an ancient and noble animal species that is native to mainland China and is regarded as a national treasure. The giant pandas are an endangered species with only about 1864 estimated to live in the wild and only 422 living in captivity. With their distinct and cuddly appearance, they attract lots of fans all over the world.
Look
Adult pandas have black eyes and black and white fur. Newborn pandas are pink, hairless, born blind, and are only 1/900th the size of their mother; which proportionally makes them the smallest baby of any placental mammal.
Size
Adult pandas can weigh up to 300 lbs. or 136 kilograms and they are generally 4 to 5 ft. high or 1.2 to 1.5 meters high.
Eyes
Adult pandas have black eyes, and newborns are all born blind. Adult giant pandas are high myopia that they only see things clearly within several meters. So the world in giant panda's eyes is forever blurry and mysterious.
Fingers
Pandas actually have 5 fingers…and a thumb! They use the extra one to help them grasp bamboo when they eat.
Diet
99% of a panda's diet consists of leaves, stems, and shoots of various bamboo species. Only about 1% of their diet consists of other plants and sometimes meat. So they are still carnivores.