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Chengdu opens world’s first giant panda-themed museum

China’s Chengdu has opened the world’s first interactive giant panda-themed museum, located at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

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The Chengdu Giant Panda Museum started construction in 2019 and opened to the public on March 3, 2021 in Southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

Jora Vision, a leading design and production company for themed attractions, designed and built the interactive museum experience.

The museum includes exhibitions, collections and information about conservation. It also features interactive experiences and immersive tours, as well as a 3D cinema and dome cinema.

Chengdu Giant Panda Museum covers an area of 7,179 square metres, with exhibition space of 4,342 square metres.

Visitors will learn about giant pandas in prehistoric times as well as the evolution of giant pandas. The skeletons of giant panda are on display at Chengdu Giant Panda Museum.

Interactive experiences in Chengdu

It contains seven exhibits – ‘Tracing Origins’, ‘Among the Pandas’, ‘Discovery Trail’, ‘Human Impact’, ‘Helping Hands’, ‘Taking Actions’ and ‘Join the Future’.

Visitors will travel through the ‘Time Tunnel’ to 8 million years ago before heading to ‘Tracing Origins’, which explores the evolutionary process of pandas.

‘Among the Pandas’ looks at the growth process and foraging habits of the giant panda, while ‘Discovery Trail’ educates guests on the discovery of pandas and conservation.

‘Human Impact’ offers a look at the wild habitats of the giant panda, and ‘Helping Hands’ is an immersive reproduction of these habitats.

In addition, guests can visit the archaeology and scientific research laboratories, as well as the Habitat Exploration Center, Scientific Discovery Center, and Endangered Species Rescue Center.

Chengdu Giant Panda Museum

chengdu giant panda museum

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is extremely popular, and welcomed more than 9 million visitors in 2019, according to Sohu

The Chengdu Research Base is expanding with the £59 million Chengdu Beihu Panda International Tourism and Recreation Zone, set to launch in May 2021.

The tourist attraction will cover 35 square kilometres, which makes it nine times the size of Shanghai Disneyland. It is located across three districts in China – Jinniu, Chenghua and Xindu.

Last year, Calgary Zoo announced that it was relocating giant pandas Er Shun and Da Mao back home to China. This was a result of bamboo barriers caused by COVID-19.

Images: Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

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