Figure/Ground > China


Located on the outskirts of Chengdu, this research center is wonderful. I was absolutely shocked by how well it's done. To put it mildly, I have no faith in the Chinese to do anything well, but I have to say that they've designed this place fantastically. The pandas are in nice, natural-looking habitats. There are no cages in sight (well, we saw some cages in the back, but those aren't supposed to be public). The pandas aren't far from the visitors so you really feel like you are right in there with them. And there were so many of them! Big ones. Small ones. Baby ones. I'm not an animal-lover by any stretch of the imagination, but the experience of being in the presence of so many of these creatures is simply indescribable. This is by far the best experience I have ever had in any type of zoo.

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