In June 2018, the building of the Land of Giant Pandas was started in Chengdu and foreign and domestic design institutions were invited to give advice and suggestions. In the middle of July, six groups of institutional candidates surveyed sites in the Beihu Area, Dujiangyan Area, and Longquanshan Area. On August 14-15, the Interim Reporting Seminar for International Consultation on the Overall Positioning and Conceptual Master Plan for the Land of Giant Pandas was held in Chengdu. At the seminar, the six groups of institutional candidates reported on their respective preliminary design ideas, and experts on animal protection, landscape design, industrial planning, and other fields commented on their interim plans.
When planning began, the Land of Giant Pandas was determined to have several main functions, such as scientific research, public education, international communication, tourism and leisure, creative culture, and outdoor activities, revolving around the protection of giant pandas as the core focus. Having investigated for over a month, the experts from internationally renowned architectural firms have formed deeper insights into building the Land of Giant Pandas.
Participating experts indicated that due to species diversity in Chengdu, the animals’ living environment and biodiversity conservation should be primarily considered while planning and designing to protect giant pandas and even all plants and animals within the areas. The three areas involved in the Land of Giant Pandas are different and distant from each other. Therefore, institutional candidates should start with the core and essential characteristics of the three areas to link them up to achieve an evenly and orderly distribution of panda resources.
The Land of Giant Pandas covers a total area of about 69 square kilometers, including the Beihu Area, Dujiangyan Area and Longquanshan Area of Chengdu City. Each area has its own distinctive function and image orientation objectives. Upon completion, the project will comprehensively improve Chengdu’s capacity for giant panda and biodiversity conservation and scientific research, as well as promote the biodiversity conservation and construction of an ecological civilization in Chengdu.
By late September, the institutional candidates will submit their result documents. Then, the evaluation experts will assess and select the three best plans and submit them to the Chengdu Urban and Rural Planning Commission for deliberation. Ultimately, only one plan will be adopted.