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Day 5 (25.11.2007)


Today I went to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base in Chengdu. In China the Giant Panda is also called national treasure. Its coat is alternating between black and white and an adult Panda can weigh over 100 kg. It lives in the mountain forests of the provinces Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu. It eats bamboo. It is very good adapted to cold and snow and it even lives on an altitude of 4000 m. After entering the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, which is quite large, I went to the Panda baby station. First I watched the very small Panda Bears and they are very cute. Afterwards I followed my main aim, namely to play with a Panda Bear. I had to pay 1000 Yuan Renminbi (on the 25.11.2007 converted about 91 Euro) and for a few minutes I could hug and stroke a one-year-old Panda Bear, which weighed 40 kg. The Panda was placed on my lap and the whole time it got apples to eat. One of the persons who work there took photos of me and the Panda Bear. Of course it was a great experience, because Panda Bears are very cute and nowadays they are sadly very rare. Afterwards I walked through the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base and I watched further Panda Bears. When they do not sleep then they often eat bamboo. Later I visited the Red Panda. The Red Panda looks very different. It is much smaller than the Giant Panda, it has got sharp ears, a long tail, a different face and it is reddish-brown. It lives in Tibet, in Sichuan, in Yunnan and in Nepal. These are all mountain countries and so it is good adapted to an altitude of even 4000 m. Then I left the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base and in the afternoon I took a flight to Kunming.

Me with a Panda Bear
Me with a Panda Bear

Panda Bears
Panda Bears

Panda Bears
Panda Bears

sleeping Panda Bear
sleeping Panda Bear


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