What is Szechuan known for? Food you say, well yes its is known for food and this is a food blog so normally you would be on the right track.
But this time we had other things on our mind. Pandas.
Just outside of Chengdu is a Panda Research and Breeding Base. We got to see the feeding in the morning when the panda’s are most active. As once their bellies are full they sleep it off for the rest of the day. It is hard work digesting, especially when you are living on bamboo.
Our first stop was the cute pair below, these guys are 2 years old and still growing to be giant pandas. Our first glimpse of these creatures was a fight for the front with so many other tourists, but we got in and we got the photos. They are so cute and fury, and very fascinating to watch, they are so lazy!
We also did a stop by the red panda enclosure, these guys are nasty. Fighting and brawling at food time. The young ones are playing games up and over the trees, while the adults bicker about who gets to eat first. I think there was too many in the pen.
Overall this place was not in the best shape, but it is China. Not too many people would notice the lack of vets treating the animals and overcrowding (a few only). The animals all seemed happy enough. They do have a great research facility and breeding centre. which we got to take a look at. At least they are attempting to save them from extinction, before China knocks down all the forests.