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How to Hold a Panda in Chengdu

February 7, 2017
Hold Panda, Chengdu, China

I am the first to admit, I made a special detour to Chengdu just to visit the giant pandas. The facilities in Chengdu are the only locations in the world where you can hold a giant panda. The opportunity to see them up close and hold one was too much. I had to go! I decided to visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding Center. It’s located…

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The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Pandas in Chengdu, China

February 6, 2017
Panda, Chengdu, China

Welcome to Chengdu, the panda mecca of the world! Housing 80% of the world’s pandas, these furry cuddle bugs are considered one of the cutest animals in the world. They’re also known as the “national treasure” of China. The panda habitat was once spread out across central, southern, and eastern China (and even neighboring countries like Myanmar and northern Vietnam). Now, it has been reduced to mainly the…


Unveiled: The Truth Behind Shangri-La, Tibet and How to Visit

January 24, 2017
Shangri-La, Tibet

Have you ever heard of Shangri-La, Tibet? Maybe it’s one of those words you’ve heard thrown around, but wasn’t sure if it was a real place. Or just fictional. Well you’re in good company because, that was me. While backpacking through the Yunnan Province of China, some fellow adventurers were saying they were heading up to Shangri-La. Naturally this peeked my interest because, being a well-seasoned traveler, I wasn’t…