Wanglang Nature Reserve harbours one of China’s few remaining virgin forests. Unlike most of China, where commercial logging was stopped in 1998, logging here was banned in 1963, saving much of this forest from having ever been logged at all. This protected area covers 320km and encloses 5 different ecosystems, from rocky 5,000m snow-covered mountain peaks to alpine old-growth forest. It shelters a multitude of rare and endangered species, including black bears, brown bears, red pandas, takin, musk deer, golden monkeys, and rare varieties of pheasants. A wide variety of plants - from rare orchid species to valuable medicinal herbs - also grow in the thickness. But Wanglang is most well-known as the home of 32 giant pandas.