I'm not going to lie. When I was told that my task as a journalist was to visit a "panda base" to report and take pictures of the wonderfully adorable bears, I did slightly lose my mind.
As part of our IBTimes UK special coverage from Chengdu, China, it would only make sense to pay a visit to park of pandas, also known as the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
The non-profit organisation engages in wildlife research, captive breeding, conservation education, and educational tourism and, of course, provides the facilities for visitors to hug a panda. Although that does come at a price.