Return visit: Chengdu Panda Base

This morning, I returned to the Chengdu Panda Base for a second visit, this time taking a taxicab as opposed to a prearranged tour, which I did the first time, and which arrived later and left me feeling rushed. A taxicab from Chengdu was 37 RMB ($5.82 USD), and about 25 minutes.

I learned that the bamboo grown at the Panda Base is supplementary. The majority of the food supply is grown by Chengdu villagers, because pandas eat more than the Panda Base can grow.

I took a liking to a certain panda, whose name I believe is Zhen Qiao. She seemed so aware, and more than once we made eye contact. She just celebrated her second birthday (b. August 6, 2010), and is a better climber than most pandas her age. She spends most of her time in trees.

On this morning, the pandas did nothing but eat, flop around, eat more, then flop some more.

My favorite giant panda is the one in the middle; I believe her name is Zhen Qiao.

Giant panda, Chengdu Panda Base; Sichuan province, China.

The calm before the feeding-frenzy storm.

Giant panda, Chengdu Panda Base; Sichuan province, China.

Giant panda, Chengdu Panda Base; Sichuan province, China.

Giant pandas, Chengdu Panda Base; Sichuan province, China.

Giant pandas, Chengdu Panda Base; Sichuan province, China.

Giant panda, Chengdu Panda Base; Sichuan province, China.

Giant pandas, Chengdu Panda Base; Sichuan province, China.

Sleepy time for Giant panda; Chengdu Panda Base; Sichuan province, China.

Giant pandas, Chengdu Panda Base; Sichuan province, China.a

Note for taxi driver, that says, “Take me to see the pandas!”