Increasingly used as the emblem of China, the cuddly and lovable giant panda lives nowhere else in the world outside captivity. The panda is the logo for the WWF and is known as "national treasure" (国宝) in China.
A Must-See Attraction of China
Alongside the Great Wall, the Terracotta Army, the Li River, etc., China’s giant pandas are becoming a must-see attraction of China. They have received excellent reviews from our previous customers.
- Name: The Chinese call it the ‘big bear-cat’ (大熊猫 da xiongmao /dah-sshyong-maow/).
- Size: 75 centimeters (2.5 foot) tall and 1.5 meters (5 foot) long
- Weight: Up to 150 kg (330 lb)
- Habitat: Central- Western and Southwest China.Mainly Sichuan. A few in Shaanxi and Gansu. See the map
- Diet: 99% bamboo. 13 kg (30 lb) or more a day.
- Life Span: Up to 30 years in captivity, but usually only 15 to 20 years in the wild
- Protection Status: Endangered. Estimates of giant panda numbers in the wild vary between 1,500 and 3,000.
Where to See Giant Pandas
The best place in the world to see giant pandas (seeing them in the wild is difficult and costly, but can also be arranged – contact us for a free quotation) is at the Panda Breeding Center in Chengdu. There are also giant pandas in zoos in various places around China: Beijing Zoo, Shanghai Zoo, and Seven Star Park Zoo, Guilin. Also read top places to see giant pandas in China.
Giant Panda Species
There are actually two species of giant panda: the typical giant panda, with its black and white coat, and the Qinling panda, with a dark brown and light brown coat, which only lives in the mountains of Shaanxi. There is also another species of panda called the red panda, which is much smaller than the giant panda, and has reddish-brown fur.
Giant Pandas' Diet
A giant panda's diet is 99% bamboo, 13 kg (30 lb) or more a day - that is an estimated 3,500 bamboo stalks a day! The giant panda has the digestive system of a carnivore, but has chosen to live almost exclusively like a vegetarian. Bamboo doesn’t provide much energy, so giant pandas have to keep eating for up to 12 hours a day. Giant pandas also sometimes eat small amounts of fish, honey, eggs, leaves, fruit and root vegetables. They eat small mammals and birds if they can catch them!
Facts of Giant Panda
- Name: The Chinese call it the ‘big bear-cat’ (大熊猫 da xiongmao /dah-sshyong-maow/). Read more on Giant Panda Characteristics
- Size: 75 centimeters (2.5 foot) tall and 1.5 meters (5 foot) long.
- Weight: Up to 150 kg (330 lb).
- Habitat: Central-West and Southwest China. Mainly in Sichuan. Some in Shaanxi and Gansu. Read more on Giant Panda Habitat
- Diet: 99% bamboo. 13 kg (30 lb) or more a day. Read more on Giant Panda Diet
- Life span: Up to 30 years in captivity, but usually only 15 to 20 years in the wild. Read more Giant Panda Life Cycle
- Protection status: Endangered. Estimates of giant panda numbers are no more than 2,000, including about 300 in captivity. Read more on Giant Panda Captive Breeding
Giant Panda Photos
Top Giant Panda Tours
- Giant Pandas, Yangtze River and Golden Triangle Combo
- Visit the homeland of Giant Pandas in Chengdu, but also the famous Golden Triangle - Beijing, Shanghai and Xi'an.
- Chengdu & Bifengxia Panda Breeding Center Experience
- Join a two-day Panda Volunteer Experience to care and interact with the pandas, and see the ancient Chengdu.
- Panda Keeper Program and Chengdu Highlights Tour
- Join an International Internship Program or Panda Keeper Program to have an opportunity to feed the pandas and then give then a cool bath.