No Pandas Bears at The Black Bamboo Garden in Wuhan

After going around the yellow crane tower, there was a sign that kept getting my attention. The garden of black bamboo. Never heard nor seen bamboo being the color black. So I wanted to see it in person. Also, I knew panda bears ate bamboo. I was hoping to see a few of them around. Honestly, I thought they were just running around normally in China. Sadly, I was wrong.

The entrance to the garden photo courtesy of Hugo Morel

When you are at the entrance of the garden, you see a huge sign. Had no idea what it meant. However, I’m sure you all knew what I was wishing it said. “Don’t feed the pandas!” Or “Warning!! Panda bears nearby!” Of course, it probably means something about the black bamboo. Being ignorant to the whole situation, I was enjoying the sign with excitement. Like a kid thinking it was going to the ice cream shop. Sadly, the parents didn’t mention they would stop by the hospital first to get the flu shot.

The walkway in the bamboo garden photo courtesy of Hugo Morel

The moment I stepped inside, I felt a strong sense of calmness. Like this area has some special energy to it. It almost like, I was walking like into a cave away from all the hustle and bustle of Wuhan. I almost forgot that I was in the middle of a major Chinese city. The sound of the leaves being blown by the wind. Insects making noises to let you know there are there. It was a nice breath of fresh air from being in a major city.

A rock to sit on photo courtesy of Hugo Morel

All that was missing to make this moment priceless was traditional Chinese music playing in the background. Well that and of course, a Kungfu Panda voiced by Black Jack. Disappointment hit me when I realized pandas were not here. As childish as this sounds, I was hoping to pet one of those black and white bears. This why you shouldn’t have expectations when traveling. Don’t come into a place and expect the location to look or be a certain way. It might ruin the trip for you. Luckily, pandas weren’t going to stop me from have a good time! However, I really wanted to pet a panda.

Walked further into the garden and saw the black bamboo. Saw them earlier, just not in a group. They look almost painted. It was interesting to see them. Yet, it was like something was missing from this. I’m sure I was still salty over not seeing Panda Bears in China.

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