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The World's Cutest Wild Creatures...

December 2012


An irresistible group photo of baby pandas

The Chengdu Panda Base in China recently released a photograph (above) of seven panda cubs born in the Sichuan-based breeding center between July and September in 2012. This is the first group photo taken of these baby pandas. Four of them are male and three are female. The oldest of the seven is called Oreo (in Chinese 奥莉奥, back row center), a boy cub born on the opening day of the London Olympics.

You can visit these seven panda cubs at the Sunshine and Moon Nursery House at the Chengdu Panda Base. However, visitors are not allowed to hold them at the moment.

What more you can expect in Sichuan Province, China?

 

Leshan Giant Buddha

Construction of Leshan Giant Buddha began in 713, led by a Chinese monk named Haitong. His hope was that the Buddha would calm the turbulent waters that plagued the shipping vessels traveling on the river. When funding for the project was threatened, he is said to have gouged out his own eyes to show his piety and sincerity. After his death, the construction was halted due to insufficient funding. Approximately 70 years later, a jiedushi decided to sponsor the project and construction was completed by Haitong's disciples in 803.

Apparently the massive construction resulted in so much stone being removed from the cliff face and deposited into the river below that the currents were indeed altered by the statue, making the waters safe for passing ships.

A sophisticated drainage system was incorporated into the Leshan Giant Buddha when it was built. Until today the system is still in working order. It includes drainage pipes that were carved in various places on the body, to carry away the water after the rains so as to reduce weathering.

When the Giant Buddha was carved, a huge thirteen story wooden structure was built to shelter it from rain and sunshine and plated in gold. This structure was destroyed and sacked by the Mongols during the wars at the end of the Yuan Dynasty. From then on, the stone statue was exposed to the elements.

 

Jiuzhai Valley

More than just spectacular scenery, Jiuzhai Valley National Park is home to nine Tibetan villages, over 220 bird species as well as a number of endangered plant and animal species, including the giant panda, Sichuan golden monkey, the Sichuan takin and numerous orchids and rhododendrons.

Jiuzhai Valley is locally known as Jiuzhaigou (Chinese for “Nine Village Valley”). It is a national park located in the Min Shan mountain range, Northern Sichuan in South Western China. It is best known for its fabled blue and green lakes, spectacular waterfalls, narrow conic karst land forms and its unique wildlife. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992; the park joined the Man and Biosphere Conservation Network in 1997 and has also received IUCN and ISO 14,001 accreditations.

Jiushai Valley is China’s premier national park and is located at elevations ranging between 1,990m (6,529 feet) to 4,764m (15,630 feet) above sea level. Located on the edge of the Tibetan Himalayan Plateau in Northern Sichuan Province it is easily accessible by direct flights from Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, Chongqing and Hangzhou. The park provides spectacular scenery throughout the year making it one of China’s most treasured scenic sites.

 

Face Changing

Bian Lian, literally "Face-Changing" is an ancient Chinese dramatic art that is part of the more general Sichuan opera. Performers wear brightly colored costumes and move to quick, dramatic music. They also wear vividly colored masks, typically depicting well known characters from the opera, which they change from one face to another almost instantaneously with the swipe of a fan, a movement of the head, or wave of the hand.

 

For more information, please contact Brian Yin at china@euromic.com

Chengdu Panda

Leshan Giant Buddha

Jiuzhai Valley

Face Changing