Baby Panda Alert

Chengdu’s Giant Panda Research Centre has re-opened its doors! Watch the video to take a look inside and meet the newest residents…these adorable baby pandas!

In these difficult days we are delighted to be able to share an amazing video produced by one of our wonderful National Escorts in China. Customers who have experienced one of our tours in China may have met Alex our Guide, and he’s captured his visit to the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Centre which has re-opened its doors after two months of closure.

It’s been an uncertain few months, especially for China who have been struggling with the coronavirus outbreak since early January, but videos like this are a sign that the world is recovering. In fact, thanks to their strict measures to control the spread of the outbreak, China are now reporting just single figures of new daily cases amongst a population of 1.37 billion making it one of the safest places in the world. The lockdown in China has been lifted, attractions are starting to re-open their doors and businesses are bouncing back. 

Since 25 March, the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Centre has been open to a restricted number of visitors all desperate to see China’s most loveable animals. As one of Chengdu‘s most popular attractions, the centre would usually see approximately 35,000 guests a day, but for now just 5,000 lucky visitors are permitted to enter daily. And they really are lucky as these visitors have the rare opportunity to experience the centre without the usual crowds.  They can see the new-born pandas being fed, watch the infants playing and gaze at the adults feasting on bamboo all at their own pace – they can truly soak up every moment of seeing these amazing creatures without any distractions.

Meet the adorable pandas on our hugely popular ‘In pursuit of Pandas’ Tour. Journey from the imperial treasures of Beijing through atmospheric Xian with its enigmatic legions of Terracotta Warriors to reach the charming city of Chengdu, where you will meet its most famous residents – the captivating Giant Pandas.

Our guides are telling us that it’s the same story all over the country. Crowds are so small that it feels like travelling in China 30 years ago and that once we are allowed to visit again, this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the country in a way that’s not been possible for decades and won’t be the same again in the future.

Even more exciting is that this Chengdu centre is now home to the world’s first panda twins not born in the wild. Arriving 21 March to mother Fuwa, the twin boys are one of the many highlights visitors have been eager to see. Join our guide Alex on his virtual tour of the Panda Centre and meet Pingping and Anan (cute names!) at just 13 days old.

Our guides are telling us that it’s the same story all over the country. Famous sites, like the Forbidden City, Great Wall and Terracotta Army, that would normally be flooded with visitors are looking pristine, beautiful and crowd free.

So much so that Daily Telegraph recently exhorted its readers “Your first holiday after coronavirus? Make it China”. The Telegraph’s Mark Stratton wrote why China should be your first holiday after the Coronavirus lock-down is lifted.

” When China unlocks its doors, I think travellers will be rushing back to China because it will be the safest country in the world to visit, free of Covid-19″

” International travellers who head to China when it opens will experience its most famous sights without the crowds”

When we can travel again we can’t wait to take you to China’s world-famous sights for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enjoy them without the crowds. Imagine being one of the only people to experience the mighty Great Wall whilst it’s so quiet – it’s the photo opportunity we’ve all been waiting for! 

Our friends in China are eager to welcome tourists again and we hope it won’t be long before other countries can do the same. In the meantime, stay safe with us and start dreaming about your next amazing adventure!

Savour the natural grandeur of the Three Gorges on a relaxing Yangtze River Cruise – just one part of a wonderful tour that also includes China’s enthralling cities of Shanghai, Xian, Beijing, and of course the unforgettable Giant Pandas of Chengdu.

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