Travel with me #95 : The Endangered Species of Qinling, China - The Giant Panda, The Golden Takin!

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Some of my fondest memories whilst travelling, come from my close encounters with nature and wildlife. If you've followed me for a while, you'll remember my encounters with Sharks, Sea Lions, Swimming Pigs, Leopards,Iguanas and many more!

It's no coincidence that my family of cats have had a big role in shaping my adoration of animals. But as much as I could just stay at home and keep my cats busy with company, I'm always curious to see more animals living in natural environments. Some of them extremely rare, to the point that they are protected animals and considered country treasures.

I decided to visit a special place known for it's soaring mountain peaks, and vast stretches of untouched deciduous forests. Crucially, they are the home to China's most endangered animals, and some of the last places in the world where you will ever see these animals.

The place is called Qinling or Qin Mountains (秦岭). The Qin Mountains are a vast mountain range in the south of the Shaanxi Province and serve as a natural border between the North and South of China. My visit will take me to the main Qinling village, where a special reserve has been set up. Originally to help preserve and protect the dwindling numbers of endangered species, the Qinling conservation has had a very positive effect on the area and is now drawing attention from people all over China.

The village is quite hard to reach - there are no train services, the only method is by car. Setting off at Xi'an, it took over 4 hours driving through mountain roads, passing through what felt like endless numbers of tunnels.

Once inside the village, I realised that for the most part, this village has been left untouched. It's modern amenities extend as far as the 90's looking hotel which I stayed at. Everything else, looked liked early nationalist China, the houses were mostly made from wood, and along the main street, many people would sell little snacks and food which are naturally found in the mountainous region.

The first order of the day, and probably the most popular, is the Giant Panda tour.

The shuttle buses will take off every 30 minutes or so, and drive you along some spectacular scenery en route to the Giant Panda area.

A lot of effort has been made to preserve the natural landscape, most of the landscaping and buildings blend in perfectly with the natural surroundings.

The canals were used for transporting harvest between villages, it was only until recently that they began using road vehicles for this purpose.

Believe it or not, most of the houses you see here are inhabited by villagers. In contrast, their days' seem really long. The majority of time is spent sowing for the harvest, or preparing food.

Just a quick 10 minute ride, and we've arrived at the Panda viewing area. The large stone with the red characters alert us to the impending Panda Bear cuteness overload, whilst the mountains piercing through the clouds remind us that we are entering "bear" territory!

Each of the viewing areas for the animals have their own statues such as this very giant sized Panda. (Looks a bit like Po from Kung Fu Panda right?)

Panda bears are native to south central China and were considered an endangered species. In Chinese, the Panda is called 大熊猫 or Big Bear Cat, and this is because from a looks point of view, they have a lot of characteristics of a bear and cat. Their status as conservation reliant vulnerable means that without these conservation efforts, the Panda bear population would have continued to decline.

In the wild, Panda bears have a very short period of time to breed. (3 days) And thus, it is a challenge for them to reproduce very quickly.

In captivity, breeding programs have had mixed success, depression in captivity was cited as one of the reasons that many of the Panda's refused to mate. However, as of today, there are more than 230 Panda's living in captivity inside China, and a further 49 outside. Many a result of successful breeding.

And here we are, the Giant Panda of Shaanxi. In the mountains, there are reportedly around 2000 or more Panda's. A figure that has increased significantly over the years.

Even though the Panda is considered a bear and classified as a carnivore, it's primary diet is bamboo shoots. In fact, the Panda has such a large body mass that it needs to eat more than 10 kilograms of Bamboo shoots every single day. Given the relatively low energy content of the bamboo shoots, Panda's have adjusted their behaviours to conserve energy. For instance, they are not social creatures, and prefer living in isolation as adults. Panda's also tend to avoid walking up steep slopes.

This Panda was out of character and climbed up to give us a good view of his back!



Giant Panda's all have very round faces because of their jaw muscles used to crush the bamboos. However, there is a saying that Shaanxi Panda's have rounder faces than their Sichuan counterparts.

The Giant Panda moves very slowly because of it's slow metabolic rate, and low energy content diet. However, it is very good at storing fat. This is because of it's mostly sedentary lifestyle. (Kind of reminds me of a lot of us these days!)

Despite their lazy demeanour, Panda's are able to travel vast distance to find habitats which can sustain them. During summer, the Panda's migrate to the Qin Mountains, higher up where the Bamboo shoots have more nutrition. In the Autumn they return to the valleys to eat the leaves which are richer in calcium.

This was the highlight of my visit, the Panda rolled onto it's side and then onto it's back, using it's paws to scratch it's tummy. It's so cute, and reminds me of my cats who like to do the same!

This I believe is a dragon fruit. Characterised by it's scaley pink texture, it was just one of my strange exotic looking fruits lurking in the lush vegetation of the forest.

By the exit, there are a number of villagers who were selling their pickings of various fruits from the mountains.

One that particularly interested me was the Purple Wild Banana's.

When you open the "banana" up, you are presented with what looks like a Caterpillar larvae. It was then that I realised, they weren't banana'as at all. Perhaps a little from the outside, but in actual fact, these are mostly seeds with a tiny bit of fruit meat in there.

These are some of the other villagers selling their goods. Aside from the Panda souvenirs, it's mostly wild nuts, and fruits picked from the mountains.

In the city, you will never see flowers as pretty as theses, or exotic butterflies resting freely on them.

The shuttle bus waits for us at the drop off point, and takes us back to village where we wait for our next shuttle bus.

From the traditional Chinese houses, to the vast and expansive mountain ranges, there is almost nothing that isn't worth capturing as a photo or video.

This is one of the main street buildings made mostly out of wood. Outside, there are wooden chairs and tables for guests to eat outside. The China Unicom sign is actually just for decoration. Out here, there is no reception, let alone phone network shops.

The next animal to visit is one that I never even knew existed. Most people know about the Giant Panda because it is unofficially the symbol of China alongside the dragon. But the Golden Takin is one of the lesser known protected animals of China. Infact, it's conservation status is currently endangered meaning that without improvement, it will eventually become extinct.

Like the last area, the outside has a statue of the animal. From the statue, you can tell the Golden Taken is a very formidable looking creature. It's front body is very large, and the horns on it's head are very big and pointy.

And here it is, the Golden Takin. As you can see it has the features of both a goat as well as an antelope. This is why it is categorised as a goat-antelope.

The Golden Takins are much more social with each other, and that is because in the wild, they live together in herds, and migrate up and down the mountains depending on the season.

The smell of the Golden Takin is a combination of horse and musk, and the Takin's themselves use various scents produced by their body's to indicate their social standing.

Using their keen sense of smell, they can also detect pheromones in the skin and unrine of other Takin's. For example, the female Takin's may advertise their sexual status by urinating on their tail. Here, the male Takin is having a smell to see the female's status and mating intentions!

The Golden Takin is also likely the source of the legend of the Golden Fleece which was searched for by Jason and the Argonauts.

Golden Takins are genuinely beautiful animals, though they spend most of the time up in high altitudes, this hasn't stopped people from poaching them for their fur. If left to their own accord, Takin's have very few enemies, only bears and wolves pose a threat. Even then, they can use their horns aggressively, as well as make very loud roars.

Other times when communicating with each other, very audible bellows can be heard which is supplemented by extensive use of body language, raised neck and chin, upright posture, snorting, and lots of eye contact.

Don't forget to check out my video for some footage of the animals!


Thank you for joining me on this journey to the Qin Mountains and getting a close look at some of the rarest animals in the entire world. It is hard to believe that without human intervention, both of these animals (Panda and Golden Takin) would have been pushed to the edge of extinction. Thankfully, the efforts to conserve their numbers and habitat have come a long way, and both are now growing in number each year.

So, which is your favourite? The Giant Panda, or the Golden Takin? Let me know in the comments below!


在我的旅行故事里,最让我兴奋不已的环节,当然就是遇见各种各样可爱的小动物了。旅行中它们不经意的出现,接着释放天性的卖萌,这些地球上的小精灵,便给我的旅行回忆录增添了不少意外的惊喜和美好的纪念。说到今天即将与我们见面的小动物,我已经心跳加速,欣喜若狂了,好吧,场面还是要控制一下,请让我矜持的介绍它们隆重登场。

在地大物博,资源丰富的伟大祖国,独有着四种国宝级的保护动物——大熊猫、朱鹮、金丝猴、羚牛。今天我们就要去探寻隐藏在秦岭深山中的四大国宝,并与它们一一见面,首先我们将要遇见的动物朋友,当然就是用卖萌拯救世界的熊猫仔了。大熊猫是一种喜爱吃竹子的哺乳动物,黑白两色的绒毛是它们的经典外套。大熊猫的学名其实叫猫熊,意思是外貌像猫一样的熊。关于它的名字,据说还有个有趣的故事,大家所习惯的熊猫称呼,其实是个错误的名词。解放前,重庆北碚博物馆举行了关于熊猫的展览,解说的牌子上从左往右写了“猫熊”两个字,只是由于习惯,人们认读报刊标题喜欢从右往左读,于是记者们在报刊中纷纷把“猫熊”误写成了“熊猫”,熊猫一词就这样诞生,在民间传开,人们说惯了之后,一时很难改口。

大熊猫是世界上最珍贵的动物之一,数量十分稀少,目前在全世界的野生大熊猫已经不足1600只。其实大熊猫已在地球上生存了至少800万年,算是地球这个超大号家园的老房东了,但是由于它们一生中产子数量极少,并且幼仔不容易成活,所以数量还在日渐减少。大熊猫被誉为“活化石”和“中国国宝”,属于中国的国家一级保护动物。现存的野生大熊猫主要栖息在中国四川,陕西等周边的山区里,在那里有大熊猫最适合居住的气候和大片的竹林。

接下来我们就一起走进大秦岭山脉,寻找汉中华阳古镇里的熊猫岭。华阳古镇坐落在陕西省汉中市的华阳镇旅游景区,古镇始于秦晋,是历史上有名的古道驿站。小镇道路两旁的古建筑有着极其丰富的民俗风貌和独特韵味,是藏匿于深山中,罕见的明清时期古镇。在感受了一番深山古镇的历史气息后,当然要直奔主题,坐上当地的观光浏览车,做客大熊猫秦岭亚种的家园,探访一下呆萌憨厚的熊猫仔。熊猫的家园果然风光无限好,远处的山朦胧的显现,衬着水清草绿,就像一副清新淡雅的水墨画。萌宝终于出现了,这两只大熊猫性情还算活泼,一看见我们,就摇头摆尾,好多姿势,一会儿悠闲自在的散步,一会拿起竹子就是一顿啃,蠢萌蠢萌的。平时很少有机会接触大熊猫的我,看的好起劲,大呼过瘾。仔细观察,这两只熊猫,一个比一个脑袋圆,身体胖软,走上小桥想给我们表演台步的熊猫,身体摇晃起来却像个果冻,黑白的外套也挡不住它们身上Q弹的小肥肉。

据说秦岭的熊猫和四川的熊猫在外貌上还有些细微的区别,四川熊猫头比较长,近似熊,秦岭熊猫的头圆的更像猫,并且有较小的头骨,额头饱满,较大的牙齿,整体看起来脸更圆,更显憨态可掬,人们常把秦岭大熊猫称为“国宝中的美人”。不一会只见一只熊猫背对着我们,坐在桥上,它的大屁股很像个圆圆的汤圆,胳膊的黑色怎么像汤圆里的流出来的芝麻馅。说时迟,那时快,另一只熊猫突然懒洋洋的往地上一躺,打滚卖萌,肥肥的脸萌的我快要心碎,顿时产生一种快要失控的冲动,好像上前抱抱它。不愧是靠卖萌而活的生物呀,一招一式不用刻意也不用演,怎么样都是天然萌,可爱灵动,讨人喜欢。

和国宝熊猫告别之后,回程的路上看见了很多漂亮的花草,也偶遇了颜色惊艳的花蝴蝶,此刻最能体会什么叫做心花怒放的感觉。山里不知名的植物绿油油的发光,我正好遇上当地村民在卖一种我从未见过的紫色香蕉,好玩极了。村民们喊它野香蕉,我由于太过好奇,也买了一把尝一尝,才发现这其实是山里一种特殊的野果,外型像香蕉,吃起来是酸甜的味道,仔很多。

接下来我们又马不停蹄的赶往下一个国宝动物的家,羚牛是一种分布在喜马拉雅山东麓密林地区的大型牛科动物,有四个亚种,我对它的了解并不多,但是亲眼看到羚牛,才惊讶到原来世界上还有这么漂亮的牛。它的毛色是灿烂的金色,在阳光下闪着油亮的光,更迷人的是它的眼睛,好像会说话。它的体型介于牛和羊之间,但在牙齿、角、蹄子等更接近羊,更像是超大型的野羊。羚牛也是濒危的国家一级保护动物,在世界上的数量不足5000头,分布在秦岭的亚种是体型最大的,长相威武而美丽。今天的探访国家珍稀动物之旅就要告于段落了,之后还有另外两个国宝级动物准备闪亮登场。

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This Post is amazing . Your All pis Are adorable . I like china Culture and love animals . Keep it up .thanks for sharing with us .

Love your clothes, today you seems a rapper eheh !

haha thank you! It's the whole rapping revolution happening in China right now!! :D

Your adventures are exciting as usual. Thank you for all the pics.

You are beautiful

Hello
Although I realize that you probably will not be able to get to this but you mentioned that the Golden Takin might have been the inspiration for the Golden Fleece. Is this a common belief? This would indicate a greater interaction between the East and the West thousands of years ago than I had thought about before.

An amazing travel @sweetsssj. I always like your post last, now, and next. Dont be doubt about it. Your post describe a real fact in life.. It was very fantastic.I love everything of you. Great, Grrat, Great....

thank you safran :)

Beautiful pictures. The pandas are awesome!!

Pandas... Such adorable creatures! There are so many videos on YouTube about them acting cute and funny :P I've never seen a Golden Takin. They look adorable too!

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Very adorable creatures indeed. Takin I bet there aren't too many videos of. Especially the Golden variety!

You are so cool @sweetsssj , I only wish I had a younger age and could travel with you :)

and had your video skills ;)

inside age is most important!

Looked like one of the pandas was prego..hehe
nice traveling pictures, is it easy to travel around china or safe in general?

I think they're just like that normally! As for travelling around China, it's safe if a bit uncomfortable at times. If you know people who will take you around, it will be much better!

@sweetsssj - Wow - What a day today- my favorite blogger has blogged about wildlife!! I always love reading your blogs and this time it is a real treat because, as you know from my blogs - I am a big wildlife fan.
I was very fortunate to visit Chengdu in China couple of years back and got to see the giant Pandas. As you have pointed out, those animals are just so cute! Your gifs of the pandas are really a treat to watch.

The location you have shown is far more interesting than the Panda park which I saw in Chegdu. The statues, the lovely butterflies and the golden Taikin (an animal I had never heard of before) make it a wonderful place. You are fortunate to have been able to visit it.

I loved your picture with the Panda Statue. Looking gorgeous as usual

If you find time, do take a look at my latest wildlife blogs and provide your valuable comments. It is a great encouragement to see your comments -as usual. Thanks

Regards,

@vm2904

hi vm2904, we have such a good common interest. Wildlife isn't normally my forte, but each time i've made effort to see it, i've never regretted it. I'm impressed that you managed to visit Chengdu, that is one of the few native Panda places in China right now. I'll take a look at yours ! :)

Why did'nt you travel to STEEMFEST 2 in Lisbon?

Thanks for asking! I haven't been allowed to apply for the Shengen visa to Europe for a few months now. They have a cool down period, as well as very strict requirements for non-tour group travellers like myself. Let's try campaign for SF3 to be held in Asia then i can definitely go!

Hey @sweetsssj I know Mexico has much more lax visa requirements, perhaps consider coming to our Steemfest Fork in Acapulco next Feburary! We don't have specific dates but it's a user generated thing so you could put on a talk of your own or a workshop and charge people for it. We'd love to have you involved, it's a great chance to have a huge gathering in a beautiful and inexpensive place :)

https://steemit.com/steemfest/@lily-da-vine/couldn-t-make-it-to-steemfest2-consider-our-steemfest-fork-in-acapulco

I don't normally linkdrop but I feel for you for not being able to go. I sadly am not able to leave Mexico and cannot attend Steemfest for that reason.

Hi lily-da-vine, i will have a look at this. I've always been very interested in jeff's acapulco, i will have to see how I can make it there.

This is very exciting, please keep us updated if it starts to look like you can make it :)

This is very interesting information, please tell me what is "non-tour" =? Non turists? Couldnt you just have told them that it was a vacation?... after all you are rich!

I can only get a single entry permit if I travel with a tour group. And that means I can't make my own itinerary. That's the sad reality of Chinese passport holders these days..

I have never heard about this before, but sure I believe you... so it means that Chinese people can only travel in groups to Europe?

that is correct!

Ok, thanks for in the info, @sweetsssj .. :)

How can i transfer my earning to bank account?

isnt it worst 😢 i mean chinese cant even travel alone wtf ?

it's really frustrating, it essentially boils down to looking for countries with the most lax visa entry.

you are so cute

I am happy that China is doing more efforts to preserve its biodiversity, nowadays.

Thanks for sharing this great content @sweetsssj. I am a big fan of yours.
I am writing a post serie called "Steemit Lessons side by side to the big ones". In my last post I have mentioned you as an example for all the Steemit community. Thanks for being a "great light between so much darkness", May your path be always awesome and full of light. STEEM ON.

PS: The post is here. It is been written in Spanish but basically is teaching others all the great things you do and how you focus on your blog and nothing else. Gracias.

Hii @sweetsssj i am

wow, @sweetssj you are doing a great job at revealing history and the way of life of the people around you. Your journalist skills are so impressive. I raise around 20 different types of bananas from around the world and do not have a purple one. I do have a red one and love to see people's reaction to it, however it is not very good to eat, but the birds love it.

Have you ever touched the fur on a panda, which I understand is much different than what you would expect?

Always those pandas! I get a silver panda from there each year!

How many pandas do you have now ;)?

i had a panda silver round once! glad i sold all my silver years ago before it dropped in price!

i remember in school they taught us that european traders had to swap their gold for silver whenever trading with the Chinese since they wanted silver and not gold!

That's a very nice piece of silverware you have there ackza!

hi i am bagladeshi people

Simply amazing photographies, great to know about Giant Panda, but Golden Takins are cute and have wonderful color (Golden).

Thanks! Pandas seemed to be one of those animals everyone loves.. and very photogenic too haha

@sweetsssj I was glad I was still looking around STEEMIT early in the morning here in Arizona. I Love this Posting, Panda's are so Cool. I have some Silver Panda's, it is such a Great Coin where the design changes every year.

I want to learn steemit ,,, please help me

Oh, do share some photos of them if possible, I actually didn't know these panda coins existed..

@sweetsssj Now I have to gather them together to show you.

@sweetsssj wonderful post. Please take your time to check my post and blog https://steemit.com/steemstem/@polaleye50/how-to-grow-zucchini-plant have upvoted your post with my little power

Hello my Beautiful Friend , thank you so much for this beautiful post. I loved the panda, So cute. Golden Takin is really great animal , seeing this animal for 1st time , thanks to you dear. Beautiful Flowers , Amazing Place , Lovely animals what a great Fun. You look simply adorable and loving Soon Cute , Mind Blowing Post , Extraordinary Photography , Great work , keep it up . Smile , enjoy and have a great day dear 😊

hi vikbuddy, thank you for the kind words. It's rare that we can get such a close visitation of these animals, so it really is quite the occasion! Keep steeming on :)

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Awesome travel impressions again @sweetsssj, thanks for sharing!!!
Will you be at the Steemfest³ next year? It would be a pleasure to meet you in real life!

Your blogs are always so inspiring!

Which camera or phone you are using for photos?

@sweetsssj I love panda too, but have never seen one face to face but only on 📺. Wish to see one maybe in a zoo one day. Nice post upvoted you with my little. Here is another post of @travelguide on drone review as promised https://steemit.com/review/@travelguide/best-camera-drone-best-for-photography-and-video-review. You can check it out. Thanks

hi travelguide, yes there are now many zoo's around the world with Panda's. They are actually all on 'loan' to the zoos. If you visit China, you'll find them in many more places! I'll check it out thanks :)

@sweetsssj thanks for checking on the post. Planning on translating my post to Chinese, please do you have a better idea on how I can do that?

I don't think you should translate to chinese unless it is something you are competent at doing. Or, you find someone who can competently do it. A bad translation is worse than no translation in my opinion.

Yeah! Thanks for the advice.

Hey those are some cool animals! The panda's so relaxed and I never heard of the Takins before. The flower you like so much is from the Tagetes genus, likely Tagetes patula... Cute post!

It's been sometime since your last post and , I'm reading this post and I love it looking at the panda pictures they look so amazing I've always enjoyed reading your post and I wanted to thank you for sharing with us your travel experiences

hi mannyfig1956, thanks for waiting for my posts ! I know they could come out more frequently, but i'd rather make sure I put my best effort into each one than force a post out every day. Thank you for dropping by!

Love the post! this place looks great. The golden takin look very intimidating. I wonder if they're related to the 'toro' bull. lol
Really like the gifs! Best wishes @splendorhub.

hi splendorhub, thank you ! I was really surprised when I saw the golden takins, they were a lot bigger than I thought. About the same size as a cow actually. Except they're a lot more agile than cows!

Takins are agile ?! I would have never thought! lol

compared to cows :P

Really amazing post! thanks...

Awesome @sweetssj another travel experience from you..from those pics we can realize your affection to the animals..the butterfly that you took amazingly, looks gorgeous and off course the giant panda.. expecting more like this from you..keep sharing..

thank you amrumk, i'm very lucky to have the opportunity to see these in semi wild. Zoo's are not quite the same

Is there any restrictions or barricades in that semi wild zoo..caus I couldn’t found anything like that in your video.. don’t you fee fear then, if not you are a Batman @sweetssj

Haha, well these ones live in a large sealed off area where all the vegetation etc are natural. This is to protect them. They don't have a way to get to us.. never the less, they are very friendly!

But we need to protect ourselves even though they are friendly.. we don’t know when they are become wild..I saw some videos on some social media that one of the 🐼 attaking the visitor.. you don’t want to attend the next steem fest with me(😉). as you miss the last fest @sweetssj

you are best sweetsssj i like youre travel photos you are shingal

Beautiful Places and Nature.

Wow! Great piece. I love the panda

Nice traveling .. I want to come soon.

Nice and interesting photography travel posts.

Waoo. You r great . all time you r in always in traveling . i like ITE up voted

I like you, Because I,m also a traveler.

i like pandas it's a cute animal

hi @sweetsssj. your trip would be great.
I prefer with panda. he is very cute and sweet .. his behavior makes me annoyed.

haha so cute and sweet and yet behaviour makes you annoyed? :) :)

Very sweeet Panda! 🐼 We love the Video!🎋

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thanks holidayheroes, you guys gotta figure out a way to fly there now :D

I agree. Maybe something will happen. Are you traveling all year? What is your next goal?

It looks like a great time to be had by all there in Panda country.

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Great post, Great travel and Great lady. Steem on.
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Pandas are the best. Thanks for sharing these fantastic pictures and experiences @sweetsssj

hi bigpanda, what a coincidence! Thank you for dropping by :)

Wonderful article...I have upvoted you, please look for my videos from my secret stash I will be uploading over the following weeks and follow me.

Thank you for posting lots of content and effort in all the posts you do on steemit 👌🏼look forward to the next post .......

This is just another great adventure. Thanks for taking us to wonderful and astonishing animals.

thank you vincent, enjoy them :)

wow! This is really great!

this region of China fantastic ,very beautifol !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for the great post of Golden Takin and panda! It is my first time to see Golden Takin! Thank you!🤗🤗🤗

Btw, your jacket matches the theme of nature perfectly!😎😎😎

Oh no how envied I am to see these Pandas! I've not seen pandas in my whole life and my greatest dream is to see one or have a pet. Hehee. Wow that is a lot of pandas in China. Wish to be there if time will come. By the way, you look so cute on your jacket. Mwahhh!

Oh i don't think you can have panda's as a pet my dear, as cute as they are, they are not domesticated animals and likely would not survive very long. It's best to leave them in their natural habitat. You can always go visit them :)

You travel alot
We call those that travel like you in nigeria
Ajala the traveller

Oh, i like the sound of that name thank you ! :)

Smile, one day i will be travelling with you but not in my dream before you say so...lol.
For real if you don't mind.

Amazing @sweetsssj! The pandas are so cool and adorable! Have great day. :)

thanks bitdollar, they are aren't they! you have a great day too :)

Hehe, i did not know that panda is so protected animal, he is like a tradition :)

yes the panda is one of the most important symbols of China, and sadly the numbers were dwindling until they became legally protected.

I hope you will bring one to steemit

Haha, well only through pictures for now :)

😁😂, hmmm....did you take any of those wild purple banana because it is the first time am hearing about them kind of weird to me.

it was the first time i saw them too.. they're actually just a bunch of seeds.. it tasted okay though..

😁 really you actually took those purple banana, someone like me will not want to eat them.
I can only play with them.
You are a really adventurous lady.
Kudos to you i will score you 99/100 pass mark✔
Infact you deserve a medal🎖

Such a useful post!
Thanks for sharing the video with us.
I've resteemed your post!

I love panda 🐼

Another interesting adventure you have recorded for us. Thanks you so much! The pandas are my absolute favorite.

Oh my God! I'd really love to be able to make that trip. I love pandas. Congratulations on your publication, it's great. I hope to see more

sudah upvote dan resteem ya

每次在網路上看到熊貓撒嬌的憨樣,都會好羨慕那些照顧熊貓的飼養員,熊貓真的是世界無敵萌翻天的動物啊!

是呀,靠卖萌为生的熊猫仔: )

I like your post! beautiful photographs! thanks for sharing.

wow excellent post, great photos, nice places, you make them a great experience to all who read your adventures, a pleasure to comment your post @sweetsssj, i love panda, i love your cap is cool! Its a nice and detailet review about that place, your look is fresh and atracttive, thanks for sharing, I invite you to take a look at the landscapes that I captured with my camera yesterday, Greetings from Mexico! Resteemed

hi hectorjoachim. It was a really nice experience encountering these animals up close. It's starting to get cold here so.. :D I'll have a look! :)

Wow! That's just beautiful as you are. That's a great travel you have done. I love travelling too. Hope I'll get a chance to travel to a nice place soon. And by the way nice pictures, I loved it.

You are beautiful today,
a nice post
a fun travel story
Thank you @sweetsssj

thank you dear, hope you enjoyed the post :)

I am very happy to enjoy your post beautiful girl @sweetsssj

awesome photography. Thankx for sharing all the informations.

又涨姿势了。以前都以为只有四川才有熊猫呢,原来陕西也有。

哈哈,我也是这次去之前才了解到的: )

Hiii dear,so here is your travel with me #95 released and we are almost near #100 ,how do you feel about this and this post is very very close to nature and the panda is looking very cute and you click some nice shots but i always wonder after seeing you in your posts that are you really a human or a Doll,hahaha don't take this otherwise,but really dear you are looking like a doll in this post very beautiful,keep it up dear and hope we will chat soon on steemit.chat :)

good moring

@sweetsssj, another great travel blog! This is by far my favorite of yours that I have read, so informative and peaceful, yet determined. If we as a people cannot care for our Earthly fellows, be they Human, Animal, Insect, or whatnot, they will inevitably vanish. That is always a shame when it happens.

It struck home greatly today when you mentioned your cats, because I was forced to put my oldest and dearest cat to sleep. She had been a part of mine and my wife's lives for nearly 12 years and was 20 years old. Unfortunately, she took a turn for the worse over the past couple weeks and stopped eating regularly and became distant and started hiding more than she used to do. When we found her last night, she was in bad shape, so we cleaned her up and spent time with her and put her in a safe place.

When we checked this morning, she was almost unable to walk and did not seem to really know where she was or what was going on. We called the vet and took her in, but it was best for her that we let her go. So now I'm heart-broken over it and just getting through to the next days.

I'm glad you were able to write this as it reminds me of the good times I had with her.

I did have a question that came up, though... with your travels, what do you do with your cats while you are away? Do you use an animal border service?

You must miss them a great deal when you are away, and I'm sorry you must go through that.

Thank you.

dbzfan4awhile, thank you for this really thoughtful comment. Apologies for the late reply. Although your perspective about the eventuality of all life on earth to vanish is a bit alarming, over the course of history and time, it has always been true. Given enough time, everything will tend towards zero. And of course, that is why our very short and almost insignificant time on Earth should be spent appreciating everything that exists for now. Something our descendants may not enjoy.

Also, i'm incredibly sorry to hear about your dearest kitty. With so much time to build that close relationship, losing her is definitely no different to losing a family member. I do however think that your decision was for the best, and though it will be tough and unsettling to not have her around, you can atleast remember her fondly and know that she spent very little time suffering because of your care.

When I travel, I have a few friends who come 'cat sit' for me, they're actually quite popular amongst my friends so I never seem to have trouble finding people to look after them for me! I do miss them an awful lot when I am away though and when i'm back, they let me know they missed me too!

Thank you so much for the kind words and thoughts. I would completely agree that showing appreciation for everything that exists right now is a great idea. Live for now, be considerate of others, and remember everyone that you loved as they all have something that they leave you with to make you a better person if only you deem to allow your to do so.

As a note, I've decided to get a tattoo to remember my old kitty. I have to decide when to do so (when I have the extra funds) and what image I will use. I already have 1 tattoo to commemorate much-loved family members that have passed on, so she will be added to it in some way.

By the way, I've always enjoyed your travel blogs, they are very informative and have great imagery to show the locations. You obviously love what you do and put a great deal of time and effort into them.

Thank you for adding so much to Steemit.

i really love panda..!! they are so cute wish that i see one in person.. since i was a kid i want to see a panda but until now i have never visited any of the park that have a panda.. wish to travel in a place that have a panda like that..

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@sweetsssj again you great post share weldone @sweetsssj
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Wow .. that's a very interesting place. Panda is very cute. And you are very beautiful @sweetsssj :-)

超可爱的,熊猫生出来的时候很小只,很难养活的。

是呢,所以每一只是宝贝呀: )

cool travel blog you have. true inspiration to me :)

Lovely trip, love pandas! Did you taste the purple banana thing???? And great jacket by the way!! Always nice to check out your posts! Saludos!!

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hi elteamgordo, pleasure seeing you as always. The banana thing i did eat, the picture to the right of it of the black seeds are what is left! It doesn't taste too bad actually.. just not much to swallow... I'll check it out :)