China and pandas go hand-in-hand and seeing the cuddly, monochrome creatures in the flesh is often cited as a top Sichuan, if not China, experience. Sadly, despite their status as a national icon, the panda's remaining sanctuaries are beginning to suffer from serious environmental degradation and climate change but sites like the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base just outside Chengdu are hard at work to protect the outrageously cute species and educate visitors about everyone's favorite bamboo-munching bears.
The Giant Panda Breeding Research Base and Sanxingdui Museumtogether create a unique opportunity to experience Sichuan's deep natural and ancient roots. View the iconic pandas up close and learn about the cutting-edge conservation efforts that are helping them make a comeback in their native bamboo forests, then head to Sanxingdui to witness the ongoing rediscovery of a long-lost Bronze Age culture. In between, you'll sit down to an authentic Sichuan-style lunch.
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