Shangri-La’s conservation efforts pay off.
It's been two years since Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts started planting bamboo seedlings on a plot of land in Sichuan, China. The Shangri-La-sponsored 1.6-hectare plantation is now covered with maturing bamboo. Adjoining the Dujiangyan Giant Panda Rescue and Disease Control Centre, this bamboo plantation ensures a stable food supply for the 29 giant pandas and four red fox pandas residing in the sanctuary.
Aside from bamboo, cherry and magnolia trees have also been planted to mimic the panda's natural habitat and aid their recovery and survival. The sanctuary’s special programmes allow Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu’s guests to take part in educational excursions in which they can learn more about the plight of these endangered animals and participate in learning activities, such as food preparation for the resident pandas.
Five very privileged and excited Golden Circle members were the first to tour the Shangri-La sponsored plantations. They toured the facility that caters to recovering pandas and participated in an education programme which professional carers at the panda sanctuary explained how they rescue sick pandas in the wild. In the kitchen, the guests tried their hands at making some tasty treats for their new friends. All in all, it was an eye-opening visit for these guests.
Building on the success of the plantation and the group’s Sanctuary, Care for Panda project in 2012, a bamboo garden to be planted with different bamboo species is in the works. It is being built for research purposes and will provide an information area for visiting students, guests and tourists.
Golden Circle members now have the exclusive opportunity to contribute to this meaningful cause of helping giant pandas by donating their GC Award Points that will secure and plant bamboo seedlings in the bamboo garden at the panda base. Please visit Golden Circle website to learn more.