Shangri-La Hotels dig nature, especially pandas. That’s one reason the company began planting bamboo trees this month in China’s Sichuan province for a new giant panda center that will rescue ill or elderly wild pandas.
Eventually hotel guests at Shangri-La Hotel Chengdu will be able to visit the center, scheduled to open in mid-2013, to learn more about the animals.
"We wanted to find an innovative way to contribute to saving giant pandas. Through planting bamboo, the panda's food source, we are proud to make a lasting, sustainable, high-impact contribution," said Patricia Gallardo, director of corporate social responsibility and sustainability for Shangri-La International Hotel Management. The Hong Kong-based luxury hotel group operates 35 hotels in mainland China.
Shangri-La’s bamboo plantation is attached to the Dujiangyan Giant Panda Rescue & Disease Control Center, which is at the foot of Mt. Qing Cheng, about a 90-minute drive from Chengdu.