Today I went to the largest research center for the Giant Panda located in Chengdu, China. This is the most popular tourist destination in the city. Pandas are everywhere! And extremely endangered.
Giant Panda Zoo
Officially called the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, this is the most popular tourist destination in Chengdu, China.
We saw a lot of pandas, but this was one of my favorites.
I’m traveling with a group of friends. Here we are at the entrance outside:
Giant pandas are everywhere in Chengdu. Example: climbing on a Uniqlo store.
Walking through the panda zoo sometimes felt like a botanical garden. It was very pretty and lush and green.
Heming Tea Room
After the panda zoo, we wanted to relax and drink tea. We took a taxi to People’s Park in Chengdu to find the Heming Tea Room.
Hundreds of tables, next to a pond, in the middle of the park, very lively, recommended!
Hot Pot for Dinner
After tea, we were ready for a big meal. Time to find a local restaurant for hot pot.
Hot pot is delicious. You cook the meat and vegetables yourself in the boiling water.
Michael is Not The Werewolf
He gets very excited and animated after two cups of Chengdu green tea.
Group Photo Setup at Panda Zoo
Andy, our 13 year-old Tour Guide from Chengdu
He invited himself to join our game of Werewolf at the tea house. Then we hung out with him for six hours. He spoke incredible English and was very street-smart.
These pictures and video are from my travels in Chengdu, China on 20 August 2017 (2017-08-20). I’m traveling in China with a small group for one week as part of a larger trip. Next we’re going to hike Emei mountain, then Chongqing. After China, I’m going to Bangkok, Thailand.
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- Paulette Sopoci: You’re right, Nick. I’ve been. Such a special place.