There were really only 2 things on my list to do in china: spicy food and pandas.  At the Chengdu Research Center for Panda Breeding.

Overall, I was very impressed with the facility.  It seems more like a national park where you can just happen to view pandas than a research center or even a zoo.  The tourist kitsch is kept to a minimum; although I succumbed to the ultimate tourist kitsch.  Holding a panda for 1000yuan.  I still maintain that it was awesome.