On July 13, 2022, the 3-day “Taste the Green Tianfu, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Youth Exploring Panda Tour” kicked off at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Under the organization of the United Front Work Department of the Provincial Party Committee, more than 50 young representatives from prestigious universities of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan participated in this event to experience the beauty of Sichuan’s ecological civilization, the unique charm of Tianfu culture, the park city under the snow-capped mountains, and the harmonious coexistence of human beings and giant pandas.
Presented are: Wen Su, Deputy Director of the United Front Work Department of the Provincial Party Committee and Director of the Provincial Overseas Chinese Affairs Office; Wang Zheng, Deputy Director of the Provincial Liaison Service Center for Overseas Chinese and residents of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan; Wu Yongsheng, Secretary and Director of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding; Pu An’ning, head of the Division of Party and Masses’ Affairs; He Rong, Deputy Director of the United Front Work Department of the Dujiangyan Municipal Party Committee; Wang Yuxi, Deputy Director of Longxi-Hongkou National Nature Reserve Administration; and representatives of teachers and students from Jinan University, Communication University of China and other prestigious universities across the country.
At the launching ceremony, Wen Su, Deputy Director of the United Front Work Department of the Provincial Party Committee and Director of the Provincial Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, pointed out that lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets; Sichuan is endowed with beautiful mountains, water and scenery, which means green is the most beautiful background color of Tianfu and the biggest driver for high-quality development. As Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan are also backed by the motherland and connected to the world, it is expected that through this event, young representatives will have a better understanding of Sichuan, and national treasure, the giant panda. The Panda Base will continue to serve as a platform for exchanges among those regions, bringing people closer through the shared love for giant pandas.
Wen Su, Deputy Director of the United Front Work Department of the Provincial Party Committee and Director of the Provincial Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, delivering speech
Wu Yongsheng, secretary and director of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, delivered a speech, expressing a warm welcome to young friends from afar. He said that this tour is not only a trip to appreciate the natural scenery, but also a trip to experience Tianfu culture. More importantly, it should be a green trip to promote ecological civilization. He expected that through this event, young people from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan will have a deeper understanding of the national treasure, giant panda and the importance of ecological protection. At the same time, through exploring the panda base, they can catch a glimpse of what the mainland has done and achieved in the cause of giant panda protection, and have the ecological concept of harmonious coexistence between man and nature deeply rooted in mind.
Wu Yongsheng, secretary and director of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, addressing
After the ceremony, a popular science communicator from the Animal Protection and Research Department of the Base led participants to visit the Giant Panda Enclosure. On the way to visit the No. 14 Enclosure, representatives not only saw the contented giant pandas in the indoor enclosures with air-conditioning, but also learned about how giant pandas eat bamboos, scientific value their feces hold and the egg-weighted new born cubs through a variety of popular science cards and props. Afterwards, visitorsstopped at the Red Panda Enclosure for a while to watch a number of red pandas playing in the activity field, and took some pictures. During the trip, popular science communicators were flooded with various questions about giant pandas and red pandas.
Visiting the Panda Base
After visiting giant pandas, the group of young people led by popular science communicators attended the Panda Classroom specifically designed for this activity. Wu Yongsheng, secretary and director of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, introduced the process of giant panda conservation, from captive and ex-situ conservation in the 1980s to wild training and release in the early 2000s, and from the construction of the National Giant Panda Park to the development of panda culture. On this occasion, attendants had in-depth discussions and detailed exchanges.
After the meal break, they participated in the research experience course Panda Enrichment Designer thoughtfully arranged by the Panda Base. Through the explanation of the popular science communicators, everyone learned that animal welfare and environment enrichment play a vital role in the ex-situ conservation of giant pandas. Following the study of the theories, participants started to make panda environment enrichment props. In this session, senior giant panda breeding and management experts were invited to provide professional guidance. Attendants showed their burning enthusiasm.
It is planned that in the subsequent itinerary, the group will also pay a visit to the Dujiangyan Plateau Management and Protection Station of the Giant Panda National Park, and the Tianfu New Area Park City Exhibition Hall, to the little-known wild protection station, and visit those “panda protectors”. They can communicate face-to-face with giant panda field protection pioneers and listen to the vivid and touching stories told by those guardians. By deeply engaging themselves in this journey, they can witness what Sichuan has done despite turns and twists to safeguard biodiversity in the way of building an ecological barrier in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, and guarding the precious home of the national treasure.