Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Chengdu was a funny place. It’s very touristy with loads of things you can buy for gifts but the city itself was the least impressive outside of Suzhou. There were two things we wanted to do in Chengdu though, the first was see the pandas and the second was to eat a hot pot.
If you’ve never heard of a Chinese hot pot before you should definitely try it. It’s basically a big pot of boiling water and stock and you cook your own ingredients. Ingredients can include thinly sliced pork, beef or lamb, seafood, vegetables and almost anything you can think of. The stock can vary in terms of (chilli) heat but the hot pot we had was literally the hottest thing I’ve ever eaten in my life. We joined some of Liv’s distant family who live in Chengdu and they found it hilarious watching me literally sweat my ass off. I swear for every bite of hotpot I had I downed a small bottle of beer. But, it was absolutely delicious! One of our favourite TV personalities is Anthony Bourdain. We love his cooking shows and his willingness to try almost anything and he went to the same restaurant in Chengdu that we did for the hot pot. One thing we didn’t like about his show was not him but his guidance. When he went to Shanghai he ate food near Yu Garden which he was told was really good but in fact the food was really low quality. Check out his TV show for more info.
But back to the panda sanctuary it was really awesome. I must have seen at least a couple dozen pandas and I even saw a newborn baby panda (literally just out of the womb) that was really cute. There were some pretty annoying Korean female tourists there who kept screaming at the pandas to get their attention for selfies but wherever you go in the world there are always people like this.
Anyway, here are some of my favourite photos from Chengdu. I can’t recommend going there enough just for the pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, they’re really beautiful.