Spotlight on Chengdu, China


             Chengdu, China, is best known for its Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, which can be visited. Here, there are a number of pandas in beautiful habitats and a breeding area for those special times. Because these creatures have always been beloved by people around the world, this venue has become increasingly popular as a tourist sight.

            The most important excursion from the city is approximately 160 kilometers (100 miles) south to Leshan City to view the Giant Buddha of Leshan, the world’s largest Buddha rock sculpture, 71 meters (230 feet) tall, which is carved into a mountainside and looks out over the junction of three rivers. Nearby is Emei Mountain, one of China’s most sacred mountains, which has numerous Buddhist temples on its flanks.


            Gary’s Gem:

                        The best time to view Giant Pandas is in the morning when they are most active.


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