Four UNESCO World Heritage sites you may never have even heard of
By Jack Stacey
18 April 2018
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Capital of Sichuan province and famous for its spicy cuisine, Chengdu is a city of 14 million people in a region of fertile plains called the 'Red Basin'. The agricultural prosperity in Chengdu has led to it being called "The land of milk and honey".
For foreign tourists, Chengdu is most famous as the home of the Giant Panda. Just outside the city is the Chengdu Panda Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding & Research Centre, the largest facility of its kind anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987 with six giant pandas that had been rescued from the wild, the centre conducts research into the pandas and pursues captive breeding and promotes conservation education and educational tourism.
So far, more than 120 giant panda cubs have been born at the centre, and the centre is in contact with all other captive breeding centres for giant pandas, offering advice and valuable support. The entire site covers an area of almost 200 hectares and is also home to several other wild (and often endangered) species, including golden monkeys and red pandas.
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