Bifeng Gorge Scenic Area, Sichuan province
（碧峰峡景区 bì fēng xiá jǐng qū）
Location: Bifeng village, Yucheng district, Ya’an city, Sichuan province
Websites: www.bifengxia.com (Cn)
Scenic Spot Level: AAAAA
8:00-16:00 (summer), 8:30-16:00 (winter)
8:00-16:00 (Biological Gorge)
Scenic Spot (Panda Base included): 100 yuan ($14.32)/person
Wildlife Park: 180 yuan/person
1. A 50 percent admission concession is offered to elementary, middle school and undergraduate students, as well as senior people aged between 60 and 69, disabled visitors and children between 120 to 150 centimeters in height, upon production of a valid ID certificate.
2. The discount policy is not applied to the Wildlife Park.
The Bifeng Gorge Scenic Area is situated 12 kilometers north of Ya'an city, and 128 km away from Chengdu, the capital city of Southwest China’s Sichuan province. The scenic spot covers an area of 20 square kilometers, with a forest coverage rate of more than 95 percent.
It is known as "the lung of Sichuan" and was named one of the first national class AAAA tourist scenic areas as early as in 2001. The site consists of three parts: the Wildlife Park, the Ecological Canyon Scenic Spot and the base of the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda. It was officially opened to tourists on Dec 28, 1999.
The Ecological Canyon Scenic Spot is composed of two valleys. The left valley is seven km long and the right valley is 2.5 km in length. Viewed from above, the two gorges form a V-shape in the land. The Ecological Canyon is between 30 and 70 meters in width, and has an altitude of 700 to 1,971 m, with the steep sides rising 100 to 200 m in elevation.
Vegetation and waterfalls are distinctive features of the Bifeng Gorge. Luxurious forest covers the gorge; peaks and cliffs diverge or almost meet high in the sky, allowing only a single ray of sunlight to penetrate. The area also boasts diverse waterfall landscapes. The scenery enables visitors to feel at one with nature, relax and be themselves.
The Bifeng Gorge is one of the bases of the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda (CCRCGP). Covering an area of 71.6 hectares, it was built and opened to the public on Dec 28, 2003 as a research institute, a breeding base, and a tourist destination. There are more than 60 pandas bred and kept in the base – China’s largest national park of the giant panda.
The Wildlife Park is the only one in Sichuan and the first ecological wildlife park in China. The planned area of the park is 666.67 hectares. This is composed of two cage-free areas for a van safari and a walking tour, and an exhibition space for observing animal behavior.
There are over 10,000 wild animals of approximately 300 species living in the park, of which more than 30 species are on the state-level foremost protection list, such as Siberian tiger, golden snub-nosed monkey and North Chinese leopard, as well as rare animals including the white lion and white Bengal tiger.
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