The Chimelong Safari Park
The Chimelong Safari Park near Guangzhou, is truly a great place to spend the day with the kids. Also known as the Xiangjiang Safari Park, it contains an amazing selection of beautiful and exotic animals including the world's largest collection of white tigers, a first-class Giant Panda center, and many protected species like the Giant Salamander.
But undoubtedly the main attraction of Chimelong is currently the set of panda triplets born in the park in mid-2014. These are the only live panda triplets in existence in the world today, a very particular and rare event since chances of survival of panda triplets is only 1%.
There are two parts to this park: the "Safari on Wheels" and the walk-through animal exhibits.
The Safari on Wheels portion of the park is the "drive-thru" experience. There are trams that will take you around the savannahs, plains, lakes and all the different habitats where the animals roam around freely. Some of the animals get amazingly close, kids will love this part. The surroundings are beautifully landscaped and quite remarkable.
There is also a self-drive option and the entire loop takes about an hour, depending on how much you stop for photographs. The trams will also stop at several points, but not enough if you really want to stick around and watch the animals and photograph them.
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The walk-through or "zoo" part of the park is where all the different habitats and exhibits are. This is where you find the Giant Panda Center and the different theme areas like the African Savannah with the rhinos, hippos, zebras, giraffes, etc, the Australian Outback, where the koalas and kangaroos are, the tropical jungles, etc.
The park is huge, so it's a good idea to get a guidemap early on and decide what you want to see and do as there are many shows and activities that you might not want to miss!
Here are some of the highlights:
The Giant Panda Center is probably one of the best Panda exhibits we have seen other than the panda preserves, and as opposed to the lone Panda here and there that you often see in other zoos or animal parks, here at the Safari Park you can see groups of them playing, eating and interacting, they are quite adorable, we counted up to 9 at one time. Here's a short clip, you can take a peek by clicking on the arrow:
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