Pingwu County 平武县
Pingwu county is the centre of the biggest remaining Giant Panda habitat in China, an estimated 1/7 of the wild pandas in the world live here. It is lose to the Baima Ethnic township. The WWF has conducted an Integrated Community Development Project in the Baima township to reduce direct and indirect poaching threats to the panda population.
The Baima Tibetan Village is sub group of Tibetans, they refer to themselves as Bai. Unlike the Tibetan language the Bai do not use a written script although a hieroglyphic system is use within a religious context.
Today they still maintain a traditional religious practise which involves nature and totem worship. This is influenced by the prehistoric Tibetan religion of Bon. Traces of Buddhism and Daoism influence can be found although their are no monks or Lamas. The Baima people are said to be descendants of Baima Di.
The hats are unique to their culture.
The Bao'en Temple is one of the most well preserved 15th century Buddhist monastery Temples in China.
During the earthquake It was badly damaged and is undergoing major repairs. It is second after the Summer Palace.
it was built in 1440 and cover 27,800 meters. It includes a main hall, pavilions and the Dabei Hall (which contains a thousand-armed image of Avalokitesvara) and the Huayan Hall (containing a revolving Sutra cabinet). The complex is widely regarded as a major Ming example of architecture.