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The Bifengxia Base

The Bifengxia Base is situated in 8 kilometers from Ya’an City, 150 kilometers from Chengdu. It is the first scenic spot integrating natural scenic spot and eco-zoo in China, including leisure, vacation, sightseeing, and entertainment. Ecological wild animal zoo was built in 1999 in Bifeng Gorges. Former Chinese PM Zhu Rongji gave words to ecological protection in Bifeng Gorge “Ecology is our resource, our fortune and our lifeline”, when he inspected Bifeng Gorge in 2001. , there are 3 parts in Bifengxia scenic site: Bifengxia Mountain Park, Bifengxia Wildlife Park, and Bifengxia Panda Bears Research Base Center.

In Bifengxia Mountain Park, the bese scenery is the gorge or canyou, which connected the Panda Base, is very very beautiful with various shape waterfalls. If time permits, usually hiking about 3-5 hours, about 5-8 KM.
In Bifengxia Wildlife Park, many animals for you to enjoy either in coach or trekking.
Bifengxia Panda Base and Giant Panda Bears Research Center
Bifengxia Panda Base (Panda Research Center), construction began in October 2002, and finished in October 2003, planned area totals 400 hectares.The Bifengxia Giant Panda Base is located in Ya'an. The base divided into 4 function area: Raising and Bredding area, Office area, Bambaoo plantation area, Training area for panda be released into the wild (training in simulated wild environments). After earthquake 2008, Bifengxia Panda Base is the best place to see pandas in the natural scenery they inhabit, it has been selected as China's latest giant panda protection base, Bifengxia has a new role to play in altering the destiny of the endangered species. It is raining more in Bifengxia, and temerature lower about 25*C, more wet air.
Bifengxia Panda Center now enlarager its construction for more pandas coming from Wolong

For the safety and development of the captive giant panda, the State Forestry Administrative Bureau decided and invested 27.6 million RMB to build a new panda base, i.e. Ya’an Bifengxia Base of China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda.

Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base is located in Bifengxia Town, Ya’an City of south-west Sichuan Province. It’s a giant panda’s paradise with well captive raising, reproduction, rare wild animal rescuing and education facilities. Bifengxia base was opened in 2003 as the part of the world's largest Giant Panda Migration. It was the biggest artificial migration of captive-bred giant panda ever seen.

The new accomplished reserve base is located in altitude of 1100m to 1800m. In the base, there are over 20 spots, such as breeding, research center and special kindergarten, hotel for panda. In there 6 kind of bamboo as panda’s favorite food are supplied. Now 16 pandas were moved to the Bifengxia base, sharing their life in luxurious villas with accompaniments of air-conditioners, toilets, independent water supply system and sport areas. Bifengxia Panda Base is arguably the best place to see pandas in the natural scenery they inhabit. Extending to about 60 square kilometers, Bifengxia has been long famous for its forest coverage, waterfalls, river and breathtaking landscapes.

Now that it has been selected as China's latest giant panda protection base, Bifengxia has a new role to play in altering the destiny of the endangered species. Pandas will be returned to nature after they have been given relevant training in simulated wild environments. At up to 1,200 meters above sea level, Bifengxia is under the jurisdiction of Ya'an City. In the dense broadleaf forest with singing birds and murmuring streams stands a big gate with the image of a lovely giant panda carved on it, marking the entrance to Bifengxia Giant Panda Base. Walking through the gate and along the meandering mountain slope for a while, visitors can see several European-style cabins made of bricks and tiles. These are the pandas' homes.

More than 20 spots have been set aside for panda-related activities and scientific experiments. There are dedicated grazing grounds, "kindergartens" for young pandas and even a panda hospital and research institute. Several different varieties of bamboo have been planted in the base either by the water or on the slopes. The new home for giant pandas appears like a park with a natural environment. The 16 giant pandas in the base will be raised through an outdoor method so as to encourage them to develop abilities better fitted to the natural environment.

The base will lead the world in raising pandas in this way. Upon completion of the whole project, the base will have four functional areas for grazing, offices and living quarters. This new base is a branch of the China Giant Panda Research and Conservation Center in Wolong. With vegetation coverage of 80 per cent, it is the world's largest giant panda eco-park. It is planned that in five to seven years, the base will have 40 giant pandas in total. World's Largest Giant Panda Park Opens The world's largest park for giant pandas has opened in southwest China's Sichuan Province with an initial group of 20 animals.

Facilities
Transportation – Xiaoxitian hotel is just in the Panda base, which is 16 km from Ya’an City and 150 km from Chengdu. There are some mini-super-markets in and around the Panda base. There are many shuttle buses to Ya’an and Chengdu City every 35 minutes.

Money issues - There is no ATM in the Panda Base, but there are many Banks of China, and several ATM machines in Ya'an and Chengdu.

Internet use - You can use the Internet in the office in the Panda base and there are many internet cafes in Ya’an city.

International Phone calls – You can make international phone calls in Ya’an city but not available in the Panda base unless you have your own cell-phone, which is relatively expensive.

Health information - There is a hospital at the Panda Base and several good hospitals in Yaan city.

Weather and Clothes - The mountain weather is changeable, and it can be much colder and rainier at Wanglang than at lower elevations. Bring extra clothes for warmth and rain protection and wear comfortable, waterproof walking shoes. Bring sunscreen for sunny days. June, July, and August receive the most rain, however, it can rain anytime. Snow is possible as early as September, but is most prevalent from November through March.

Travel Tips

  1. With expressway and high grade road all the way, Bifengxia is 19 km to Ya’an downtown and 150 km to Chengdu. Chengdu Xinnanmen Tourist Bus Station has regular bus reach to scenic spot for 2 hours bus driving on the Chengya Expressway.
  2.  Ticket: Wildlife World: 100 yuan/p; Bifengxia scenic spot: 80 yuan/p (include Giant Panda Base and traditional local show of Mosuo people)
  3.  Local Specialities: Wild Tuber of Elevated Gastrodia, Hui douba, the Rhizome of Chinese Gold-thread, scented tea of Mimeng, Yinyang lian, jequirity bean and deer penis.

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