Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
The Giant Panda Breeding Research Base is one of Chengdu's most popular sites. The name of the place says everything you need to know about its purpose, but the reality for tourists is the research base is the best place to see Sichuan's famous giant pandas outside of a zoo environment.
The research base also houses a number of red pandas amongst its ranks. These animals are most active in the morning, so try to get to the research base early if you want to see them climbing the trees.
Visiting in the winter provides the best opportunity to see little panda babies in the nursery or wandering the grounds.