Vlog series episode 1 : A Visit to the Scientific Site of Discovery the First Giant Panda
With elevations ranging from 188 m to 7,556 m, Sichuan boasts wonderful natural scenery, unique landscape and biodiversity. It is also the place where the diagonal line of China and 30 degrees north latitude meet and one of the most biodiverse regions in the world.
Departing from Chengdu, I headed west to Dengchigou, the world’s first giant panda discovery site via the Chengdu-Ya’an Expressway and S210 Highway. I visited the Dengchigou Valley Giant Panda Origins Museum, an ancient all-wooden structure. It is also the living quarter of French biologist David who first discovered the giant panda. Therefore, Baoxing County, where Dengchigou Valley is located, is also known as the “Hometown of the Pandas.”
Along the route, I visited Fengtongzhai National Nature Reserve Museum, where I learned about the cultural history and the stories of the giant panda that had gone global. I also went to the neighboring Shenmulei Scenic Area of the Qiaoqi Township, to admire the Tibetan folklore and the sound of heaven – “original multi-part folk songs.”
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