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Welcome to the Cutest Place on Earth
Chengdu Panda BaseLianna Brinded
Protecting the Pandas
Panda Base enhances genetic diversity in the population by the exchange of preserved genetic material with other facilitiesLianna Brinded
Some 124 giant panda cubs have been born to the Panda Base’s in 85 litters, 88 survived and now it has 83. The one in the middle is OreoLianna Brinded
Panda Habitat
The Chengdu Panda Base covers 106 hectares and will be enlarged to 200 hectares during the third phase of expansion.Lianna Brinded
Chengdu Panda Base
Chengdu’s Panda Base hosts the Giant Panda Annual Technical Meeting to share knowledge and research.Lianna Brinded
Pandas Suspended in Mid-Air
Pandas do not sleep on the ground and with their opposable thumbs, they climb as high as they can to take a nap.Lianna Brinded
Just Because …
One of the cutest pictures of Pandas you will ever see.Lianna Brinded
Other Animals
Red pandas, golden monkeys and other wild and/or endangered species live and breed here. But do you want to see more pandas? Click on.Lianna Brinded
More Pandas
The awesome Giant Chinese Panda.Lianna Brinded

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.

To help support Chengdu's Panda Base, click here.

For more IBTimes UK coverage from Chengdu, China - check out the following links:

Chengdu China Special: Going back to 263 BC in Jin Li [SLIDESHOW]

Chengdu China Special: Ancient Meets Modern in Kuan Zhai Xiang Zi [PICTURES]  

Chengdu China Special: Rare Q&A with Maipu Group Vice President 

Chengdu China Exclusive: Tax Breaks and Preferential Policies Push Western Investment

Chengdu China Exclusive: UK Government and Businesses behind Investment Curve

Chengdu China Special: Damco Says US Exports Improving  

Chengdu China Exclusive: Xi Jinping to Usher New Era for Autos