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With just an estimated 1600 still left in the wild, it's little wonder that the Giant Panda is a creature that attracts a lot of interest. This following has led to the announcement that the world's first completely panda themed hotel is set to open in China.

Located in the Sichuan Province of China, the Haoduo Panda Hotel is not exactly what it says on the tin. This hotel does not provide luxury accommodation for members of the species, but it is set to play host to the animals' fans from across the world. Opening in May, the hotel, which has a mixture of 32 single, twin and double rooms, is literally jam packed floor to ceiling with panda memorabilia. Nothing has escaped the panda treatment ,even the staff dress in full panda costume to entertain guests. In the guest rooms items include furniture and soft furnishings adorned with paw prints as well as a plethora of cuddly pandas of all sizes and styles.

At around £31 per night, the hotel's creators hope to attract guests from two key tourist hot spots nearby. The hotel itself is located at the bottom of Mount Emei, a pilgrimage site as it is said to be the birth place of Buddhism in China. In addition and perhaps more certain to drive visitors to their offering, the Chengdu Panda Reserve is just a two and a half hour drive away. It is home to the world's biggest population of captive born Giant Pandas and certainly the place to be if you are a serious fan of the black and white mammals.

For those travellers who are perhaps not so keen on the cute and cuddly panda, there are plenty of other sights to discover in the Sichuan Province.

The area is flanked on all sides by incredible mountain ranges, offering endless possibilities for outdoor pursuits such as hiking, mountain biking and pony trekking. In Leshan, tourists can experience the wonder of the world's largest Buddha. At an incredible seventy-one metres high, the Grand Buddha is an imposing sight towering above the landscape. A UNESCO World Heritage listed site, the journey to the foot of the Buddha offers much to discover in itself with a number of statues and temples to explore en route.

Visitors who prefer a more laid back experience will certainly enjoy the local delights of the Sichuan Opera with its fire breathers, acrobatics and traditional music. Among its other advantages the region also has a world famous cuisine – even the Haoduo Panda Hotel offers more than bamboo shoots on its menu.

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