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Wolong Natural Reserve

Wolong is not only the ideal place to relax in natural beauty but also for giant pandas to live. As one of important tourist attractions in Chengdu, Wolong Natural Area shelters various types of rare and endangered plants and flora and fauna.

Wolong Natural Reserve Area in the southwest of Wenchuan county of Sichuan Province lies in the valley of the east Qionglai Mountain. The highest peak is Mt Siguliang with elevation of 6,250 meters and 101 peaks around it rise over 5,000 meters above the sea level. The topography is slanted downward in the southwest direction. The highest temperature is 8.9 degree and the lowest is minus 8.5 degree. Located in the transitional region from Sichuan Basin to Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, many kinds of species ranged from subtropical to frigid species can be found in Wolong Natural Reserve Area. In 1983, Wolong NaturalReserve Area was added in Man and Biosphere Program with aim to protect rare animals, endangered species and forest eco-system of Wolong area. The Wolong Giant Panda Reserve Centre was one of the earliest research bases established in the early 1980s by the People of Republic of China through cooperation with World Wild Fund.

Many rare and endangered animals and plants live in Wolong Natural Reserve. In addition to giant panda, other rare animals like snow leopard, lesser panda, macaque, golden monkeys, etc survive in Wolong. Wolong has dense forest coverage with an area of 20 millions square meters. There are 870 medicinal plants which make Wolong become an important herb region. In addition, many kinds of fungus make up the part of materials of food.

The famous spots related with grand pandas have Chinese Wolong Panda Museum and Chinese Wolong Panda Park, but they were closed after Wenchuan earthquake. Pandas in Wonglong Natural Reserve were moved to Bifengxia in Yaan City, Sichuan Province.

 

Travel Tips

Admission Fee: 15RMB to enter the entrance, 30RMB to see pandas

How to get to: Take coach bus at Chengdu West Gate Bus Station.