Giant Pandas

giant pandas

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.

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
  • Chengdu Panda Tour
  • You will visit the Panda Breeding and Research Center to see the cute black-and-white animals, the romantic lanes in Chengdu, and the Giant Buddha cut in the Tang Dynasty.
    Chengdu & Bifengxia Panda Breeding Center Experience
  • China Family Classic Tour
  • Activities designed for your family, make this classic China tour a perfect choice for a family vacation.
Our Customers' Feedback
Michael , Mar. 29 2014 - Apr. 29 2014

Just a quick note to let you know that everything was great with the tour yesterday. Danna was fantastic and looked after us very well. We could not have asked for things to go more smoothly and Megan got to hold the baby panda which was a dream come true for her! Read more

Linda , May. 1 2014 - May. 5 2014

We loved the trip, especially the Panda Volunteering. Read more

Oliveira , April 12, 2014 - April 20, 2014

We did a 9-Day Tour with CH covering Guilin, Chengdu and Juizhaiguo, all arranged by Lily Guo, who was as usual the most professional and caring tour adviser ever. She always go the extra mile to feel us comfortable and happy! Read more

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Q:alexis henry Asked on 0:53 PM Jan. 23 2012 Reply
how is this helpful
Hi Alexis, What can I do for you? Michael Hu Replied on 11:19 PM Jan. 25 2012
Q:peter bagatta Asked on 11:35 AM Jun. 06 2011 Reply
im at school and i love pandas teachers dont know i on this but are pandas a type of bear or something like that
Hello. Yes giant pandas are of the same ancestor with bears, and they are a type of bear. Giant pandas are a national treasure of China, and is popular around the world. For more information about giant pandas, please refer to (http://www.chinahighlights.com/giant-panda/), on which we have detailed information and photos about giant pandas's characteristics, diet, where to see giant pandas and so on. Mia Yang Replied on 01:34 AM Jun. 07 2011
pandas are the emblematic animal in china. it is a kind of feline animal (something as cat....) Enar1209 Replied on 04:04 AM Jun. 08 2011
Yes. Pandas are bears. how old r u? they have eyes like a cat! guest Replied on 05:02 AM Jun. 10 2011
Q:dick fits Asked on 07:27 AM May. 10 2011 Reply
does the male panda stay with the mom after the baby panda is born?
No, only the panda mom. Lynn Ye Replied on 10:31 PM May. 11 2011