We spent the morning at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding which is home to 80 pandas. These 80 pandas are pampered by staff whose primary goal is to get these notoriously low libido animals to reproduce.
Pandas only absorb 20% of the bamboo they consume, as malnutrition results in hypothermia they generally eat more but are less active to preserve physical strength.
In the afternoon we took a private minibus to the Leshan Buddha. This giant Buddha is 1200 years old and carved into a cliff face overlooking the Dadu River.
At 71m tall, his ears stretch for 7m, his shoulders span 28m and each of his big toes is 8.5m long.
A Buddhist monk called Haitong conceived this project in AD 713 hoping that Buddha would calm the swift rivers and protect boatmen from lethal currents. This huge project wasn’t completed until 90 years after Haitong’s death.
Inside the body, hidden from view, is a water drainage system to prevent weathering.