People say that if you go to Chengdu you HAVE to visit the pandas.
“What? You haven’t seen the pandas?! OH MY GODDD what are you doing with your life?! You have to see the pandaaaaass!!!!”
I didn’t quite understand this obsession with some of the laziest animals of Earth so I went to Chengdu’s panda reservation to see what all the hype was all about.
A group of us from the hostel piled into a rickety van early in the morning which took us about thirty minutes outside of the city and dropped us off in a barren parking lot. The driver pointed to a gate at the edge of the parking lot and muttered a few words saying “meet back at the van at 11:00.”
Still half asleep, we shuffled down a long pathway enclosed within rundown cement walls plastered with faded posters of pandas. The panda reservation was beginning to feel more like an old cold war missile silo.
Fortunately, the dim gray pathway opened up into the brighter and better maintained main entrance of the park. The park itself was an enclosed bamboo forest crisscrossed with pavement paths and sliced up into various panda pens.
It was early morning when we arrived and a cold and damp mist floated through the walls of bamboo followed by weary park workers holding bamboo-leaf brooms and clad in blue sanitary suits. We followed the signs to the first panda pen which held the red pandas.

These adorable little guys emerged from their dwellings one by one to curiously meet their new guests.


He’s thinking: “one day, I’ma be famous.”

“Yup, this is what I’m gonna’ do all day, plop down on my ass and eat bamboo.”

While the fully grown giant-pandas were about as entertaining as watching paint dry, the younger guys ran all around the pen, wrestling with each other, climbing trees, and playing with toys.

A group of them gathered by the door anticipating their morning feeding time. This person had to jump out of the door and slam it shut before the little rascals could sneak in.

This one panda followed her all the way around the pen as she did her morning routine. He knows who his momma is.

This is so cute it makes me want to vomit cupcakes and unicorns.


“Okay, I think I want to come down now…”

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5 Responses to Pandamonium

  1. Carol says:

    I would like you to bring me a Panda, Please !!!!!!!! I want to hold one so bad…….

  2. Janet says:

    They are so cute! Great photos Max. Thanks for the post- keep them coming, please!

  3. Li says:

    do you like snow?when winter comes welcome to visit my city Harbin(the northest of China)…you can google it to find some pictures if you are intested in it(you may copy those chinese”哈尔滨冰雪大世界”)…an ice and snow world…

  4. Jewels says:

    Bring me a red one or two for the butterfly garden! PS are they related to raccoons at all? I noticed the Reds had a ring tail.

  5. Marty Dutton says:

    Those little red guys look more like raccoons than pandas. So very cute – I love the photo of the panda riding the rocking toy! We can all learn from that one – PLAY MORE!!!!!

    XXOO Love you!

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