As one of the symbols and national treasures of China, the panda bear has become one of the most popular tourist attractions amongst holiday makers. Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to spot a panda in the wild so the chances of doing so are very slim. For this reason, many people choose to visit Wolong which has been designated an International Biosphere Preserve whilst on their holidays in China.
The area is home to many endangered birds, exotic wildlife, 4,000 different types of plants and the Giant Panda Research Centre. Species including snow leopards, golden monkeys and red pandas can all be spotted at the reserve, all of which make holidays in China so memorable. What makes the International Biosphere Preserve so unique and special however is the fact that visitors can observe and learn about the pandas at the breeding centre and the panda museum.
Spotting panda bears isn’t the only thing that can be enjoyed at the preserve as there is plenty more to see and do whilst there. If you fancy incorporating a bit of exercise while on holiday in China there are many different hiking trails at the centre which can be done on your own or with a guide depending on your preferences. All of the hikes offer breathtaking views and provide the opportunity to see many different species of wildlife which you wouldn’t normally get the opportunity to see.
Your visit to the International Biosphere Preserve can be as long or as short as you want as there is plenty of accommodation available. One of the places to stay in is the Wolong Hotel which is located right in the reserve so you will never miss any of the action. All the facilities you would normally expect to find in a hotel are available plus many more as well. A restaurant, swimming pool, games room, tennis court, sauna, massage and much more will all help to contribute towards an enjoyable and relaxing holiday in China.
People choose to go on holiday to China for many different reasons from experiencing a completely new culture to seeing the spectacular sights. However, a trip to the nature reserve comes highly recommended because it is one of the few places you can get up close to the magnificent pandas. It is thought that there are less than 1,000 of the creatures left in the world which is why the centre is working so hard to prevent the breed from dying out. This means that not only will you get an extremely rare opportunity to see the pandas, but you will also be supporting a very important cause which will make your holiday to China even more perfect.
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