Global Practice China

Moon Bear

A moon bear scratching his back on a tree   On July 4th we went to Animals Asia’s China Bear Rescue Center in Chengdu. This sanctuary was the first in the world. It was created as a rescue for bears involved in the bear bile farming industry. The majority of bears are ...

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Moon Bear Center

Metal Jacket On Saturday July 4th we went to the moon bear (asiatic bear) center in Chengdu. It is run by the organization, Animals Asia. The moon bear center is a place for bears who have been rescued from bear bile farms to heal, be rehabilitated and live out the rest ...

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Big Buddha, Big Buddha, Big Buddha

Leshan Giant Buddha, view from the top Leshan is the home of the largest Buddha in the world. “Shan” means mountains and the giant Buddha is carved into the side of a mountain overlooking the river, facing Mount Emei. Our cultural guide for this trip was Huang Ming, a friend and ...

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Leshan Giant Buddha

July 3rd we were able to take off work at the panda base and go to Leshan for the day to see the giant Buddha. Alex was not able to take off work to go with us but he was able to have his friend Clair take us. Clair is ...

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Surprise!

The evening of June 30th I sent my dad pictures of Jiuzhaigou to show him beautiful it was, so I wasn’t surprised to see an email from him the next morning when I woke up. I was however very surprised to see that his response was not about the pictures ...

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The Most Beautiful Place

Saturday thought Monday we went to Jiu Zhai Gou, a national park north of Chengdu. To get there we had to take a bus that is about a 10 hour ride. The bus is like a greyhound bus but without a bathroom! We stopped about every 2 – 3 hours ...

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The Enchanting Land of Jiuzhaigou

If you get out of the polluted cities of China, unique and beautiful landscapes await you. Jiuzhaigou National Park has to be one the of most captivating and enchanting places I have ever been in my life. Despite the 10-hour bus ride and the most “challenging” bathrooms I have every ...

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Environmental Education

Giant panda relaxing outside int  he morning before the afternoon heat arrives The question that I get asked the most when telling people that I’m interning at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is how it relates to social work. I’ve been asked question like, “Do you have to ...

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Gao family and Anlong Village

Entrance to farm Mr. Gao making lunch From Saturday, June 20 to Monday, June 22 we were at Gaos farm in Anlong village, about an hour and a half northwest of Chengdu. Where do I begin talking about this village and farm, there is just so much to say? When we first got ...

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Work at the Panda Base

I realized I haven’t really said what I have been doing at the panda base. I expressed my love for the pandas but not what my responsibilities at the base have been. Caroline, Valerie and I are helping with interpretation and spreading awareness about conservation education. We take supplies (panda ...

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