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Cover Stories Series 2011> Wenchuan Quake:Three Years Later> Beijing Review Exclusive> Field Reports
UPDATED: May 11, 2011 Web Exclusive
The Bifengxia Panda Base
Photos by SHI GANG

BON APPETIT!: Gao Qiang feeds giant pandas at Bifengxia Panda Base on April 13, 2011 (SHI GANG)

SCENIC VISTA: The Bifengxia Panda Base of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) is located at the Bifengxia scenic area, some 150 km away from Chengdu, the capital city of southwest China's Sichuan Province. The average altitude of Sichuan Province is 1,050 meters above sea level (SHI GANG)

CUBS AT PLAY: Established on December 28, 2003, by the State Forestry Administration, the base is affiliated with the Administrative Bureau of the Wolong National Nature Reserve. Around 70 percent of Wolong's giant pandas were transferred to Bifengxia after the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, making Bifengxia the largest facility for panda protection and research in China (SHI GANG)

"TIRED": Located a mere 30 km from the epicenter, Wolong was devastated by the quake. Wolong's pandas were relocated to protect the already vulnerable population from the calamity (SHI GANG)

CELEBRITY: American-born Tai Shan eats bamboo at the Bifengxia Panda Base on April 13, 2011. Six-year-old Tai Shan returned to China from the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C., in February 2010. His parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, were shipped to Washington from the China's Wildlife Conservation Association on a 10-year loan in 2000 (SHI GANG)

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