The city of Chengdu in China is known for a lot of things, one of them being that it hosts the largest building in the world and the other being that it is home to the giant panda – a breed that needs our immediate attention if we don’t want them dying out. The Chengdu Panda Base attracts around 3.5 million visitors a year, reports Business Insider.
And if all works out, it may attract even more. Global design firm Sasaki won an international competition which will now allow them to design a “Panda Capital”, a plan that seeks to develop a lakeside village, wildlife research centre and a park linked to public transit, the report in BI states.
That’s not all – the Panda Capital will be 110 times the size of Disneyland and will hopefully help preserve the last 1800 giant pandas left in the world. “The giant panda has become the strongest ambassador and icon for the city of Chengdu,” Tao Zhang, a principal at Sasaki told BI. “It is an integral part of the city’s identity, culture, and economy.”
One of the biggest challenges that the project faces is that it will have to walk the thin line between protecting the existing environment and mass development.