We’ve arrived in Sichuan Province!  The views are gorgeous in Wolong, the location of the giant panda reserve.

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We donned our volunteer outfits and for our first task we cleaned out the panda enclosures — no easy feat with all the panda poo! — while they sat back and watched, comfortably munching on bamboo.

 

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Then we got to feed the pandas, which were oh-so-cute as they bumbled toward us, attracted by the carrots and bamboo shoots in our hands.

 

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Then, we made Panda Cakes, which are made of cooked egg, soy beans, carrots, and other delicious veggies.

 

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We learned from Marc the importance of habitat preservation through working with local villagers and reintroducing indigenous plants that call this majestic and dramatic mountainous region home.

 

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After eating some delicious Sichuan cuisine (which is culinary fire!), we decided that potato pancakes is one of our favorite go-to dishes of Sichuan food. It’s like a very well made hash brown with spices and green onions thrown into the mix. Up next, we’ll be in Dunhuang — we can’t wait to share more!