Asked by Mr.Kevin from USA | May. 07, 2009 06:08
About:Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

Just went there a few hours ago (on May 7th). We got there at 7:30 am and had to wait about 20-30 minutes until they opened. We got there early to hold the 7 month old pandas before a line formed (since we heard that the longer the line, the less time you get to hold them). At 8:30 am we were told that we could not hold them until 10:00 am, which was when more people showed up.

We wandered around until about 9:45 and when we returned people had already taken pics with the panda. Luckily, there was no line when we got there. It cost 1000 Yuan (RMB) to hold a 7 month old panda for about 2-4 minutes. Unlike other posts, only one person was allowed in and we had to give our camera to a staff member who took the photos (they closed a gate so you can't watch the photos being taken). Although the staff member said that she would take 2-3 photos, the ticket booth woman said that they were supposed to take 20-30 photos. When we told the staff member this, she said ok and ended up taking 20-30 photos.

Each person had to wear a poncho and plastic gloves, not sure if this is standard procedure or because of the light rain falling.

Answers (3)
Answered by Mrs.Sarah from USA | May. 09, 2009 02:44
Hi Kevin. Thanks for the info. How far from the city of Chengdu is this new center? I know when it was in Wolong it was just a few kilometers. How far is Bifengxia? Minutes or hours from Chengdu?
Answered by Mr.Panda-lover | May. 09, 2009 04:14
To Mrs Sarah
Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center is only 6 miles to the downtown Chengdu. And Bifengxia is another panda research center to keep after the pandas in Wolong after May 12 earthquake. Bifengxia is located in Ya'an City, about one hour by bus from Chengdu.
Answered by Ms.Panda Lover | Jun. 06, 2009 09:02
Yes, we all had to wear thin ponchos and gloves and it wasn't raining at the time. I think it's a form of protection for the pandas.

There were 3 couples allowed in at the time I went taking turns to hold the panda. 3 took turns to hold the panda and the partners took photo's.

Hope your photo's came out okay as we didn't use flash to not scare the panda, all our photo's were blurred, but luckily we also recorded some on video which was even better.

Am so jealous you got to hold the panda for 2-4 minutes. I got less than a minute only even when there were only 3 of us in the queue to hold the panda that time.
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