Red pandas are really shy and pretty quick so this is my best photo of one. According to National Geographic, the red panda is considered to be a relative of the giant panda and the raccoon, which I think you will agree is an unusual combination. Because of this, red pandas have been classified as their own unique family – the Ailuridae. Sadly, they are endangered but thanks to organisations such as the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, they are unlikely to become extinct.
This is definitely worth visiting when you are in China. I couldn’t get the exact location on the map below so the address is No.26, Panda Road, Northern Suburb, Chengdu, Sichuan, China, 61008. You can get a bus: No.1, 49, 53, 63, 64, 69, 71 or 83 to Chengdu Zaojuesi Bus Station and then transfer to the No.198 or 87 to get the Panda Base. Alternatively you can take a taxi. I went with a couple of other people who were staying at the same hostel. We got the bus there and then a taxi back. This was ideal because we were able to stay there for much longer than if we had gone on an organised day trip and, believe me, we were there for hours!