Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Finally - Pandas!

Mother and baby panda in Chengdu

On our second day in Chengdu we visited the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. I think it rolls off the tongue a little better in Chinese. Regardless, enjoy a few minutes of unrelenting cuteness.

I'm not sure how many pandas are at the base but it is quite a few. The facilities are very nice. It almost seems like Disney consulted on the layout, transportation, facilities, etc.
Giant Panda eating bamboo at Chengdu Breeding Base

Mostly, the adults eat bamboo.

More or less all they do is eat, ...

Giant Panda sleeping in Chengdu Panda Research Base

sleep, ...

Giant Pand defecating at Chengdu Panda Research Base

and did you know that chlorophyll is not very biodegradable?

Everyone wants to get their picture taken with the exotic wildlife.

You never know when you will see another panda.

It is a two-fer for this young woman.

The crowd was really engaged in the panda activities.

Red Panda

They also have some red pandas there but they don't attract the crowds.
Giant Panda at Chengdu Research Base

This guy was taking a stroll around his domain.

Black swan at Chengdu Panda Research Base

There were a few black swans in the pond at the center of the park.

And a bunch of well fed koi. It was quite the feeding frenzy when someone dropped in a handful of food.

Iris flowers

The irises were very pretty. Looks like the same species that I posted last week, just a different color.

Click to enlarge.

I think Margot said these are poppies.

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