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Panda Panda: Chengdu Panda Visitor Guide

Chengdu Panda Visitor Guide is part of the ANA, Take Me ‘Round the World Trip Report.

Years ago I came to Chengdu but missed seeing the pandas because I fell victim to the Chinese dice game the night before (see Ganbei! The Guide to Making Friends in China). This time I made sure to fly from Shanghai first thing in the morning and go directly to the sanctuary (see Juneyao Airlines: My Panda Express to Chengdu).

Pandas Everywhere

At the airport and at the Grand Hyatt, there are pandas everywhere. It’s one thing to see the panda monuments; it’s another thing to see the real thing.

a man standing in front of a giant panda statue
Airport Panda
a group of pandas and plants in a room with glass walls
Airport Lounge Pandas
a group of pandas on a table
More Pandas
a group of panda statues
Grand Hyatt Pandas
a group of panda statues outside a building
Grand Hyatt Pandas

Getting There

I took Didi (see Expat Life Shanghai: Setting Up DiDi in China) to the refuge, though it is possible to take the metro.a group of people outside of a building


The cost of admission is 55RMB ($8), a steal to see these curious creatures.a pair of tickets on a table


It was a Wednesday afternoon and the place was packed. Be ready to push and be pushed if you want to capture pandas at play.a group of people watching a zoo exhibit


Pandas in person are hilarious. First, they look fake. They look like Disney characters. I enjoy their lifestyle of eating, sleeping, and pooping all day.a group of pandas lying on the ground in the woodsa group of pandas eating bamboo

Panda Indoors

If it’s too hot the panda relaxes indoors.a panda sleeping on a wooden structure

Pandas Playing

When they’re in the mood, the pandas put on a show.panda pandas in a forest panda pandas tied to a wooden structure in the woods

Best Panda Footage

Pandas are funny to watch. This video shows the panda at its best and supports my argument that they are people dressed in costume.


The crocs in Darwin were an action thriller. The lions in Kenya were a box office drama. The pandas in Chengdu were a romantic comedy. All were worth the price of admission. But the Academy Award for best animal in nature goes to the African penguin in Cape Town!

Chengdu Panda Visitor Guide is part of the ANA, Take Me ‘Round the World Trip Report.


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