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This article is about the village featured in Kung Fu Panda 3. You may be searching for the old panda village seen in Kung Fu Panda 2.
Come with me. There's a secret panda village in the mountains.
  Li to Po, Kung Fu Panda 3 trailer  

Panda Village[2] (also referred to as the panda hideout[1]) is a hidden village populated entirely by giant pandas, serving as a sanctuary to the survivors of the destruction of the other panda village. It is a community built on the grounds of a geothermal spring surrounded by a towering barrier of mountains amidst a glacier.[3][4] The village itself is made up of paddy fields, farmhouses, and various green plants and water features.

Description

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Kung Fu Panda 3 concept art of the village

So this is the secret panda village. No wonder you keep it a secret. If I lived here, I wouldn't want anyone to know either.
Mr. Ping

Panda Village sits on a rocky, snowy peak high in the mountains of China. As there are no stairs up to it, a makeshift elevator is used to transport visitors to the village proper, which in contrast to its snowy clime is lush and green. Homes and buildings are situated on other peaks and accessed by rope bridges, as well as on solid ground in the village proper.

Notable locations

Residents

Main article: Panda villagers

History

Early ancestry

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This village was home to Pandas hundreds of years before the present day, and was discovered by Oogway and Kai when the pair were comrades. These ancient Pandas had mastered the art of granting their Chi to others, and soon taught it to Oogway. Unfortunately, Kai soon discovered a dark side to the power of Chi, and began using it against the Pandas, forcing Oogway to act and banish him to the Spirit Realm.

As time went by, the Pandas lost their knowledge of these techniques, instead turning to an idyllic lifestyle where they forgot their heritage.

In Kung Fu Panda 2

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Po's father Li in the village

This village is briefly seen at the end of the film, where many other giant pandas currently live. Exactly how or when they came to settle at this location is currently unknown, although it can be assumed that it was founded after Shen's army attacked the pandas' original village. Among the giant pandas was Po's biological father, who by Oogway's doing[5] became aware of Po's existence at the end of the film and proclaimed, "My son is alive." He then looked out to gaze on his village with hope, catching the attention of the other pandas below.

In Kung Fu Panda 3

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Po swimming with the village's residents

Po: “Whoa...
Li: “Welcome home, son.
—Upon arriving at the village, Kung Fu Panda 3 trailer

Po's father, Li Shan, arrives at the Valley of Peace after receiving a "message from the universe" informing him of Po's continued existence. After the threat posed by Kai became known and the Kung fu masters learned of the ancient Pandas' Chi techniques, Li Shan offered to teach them to Po after taking him back to the village, though in reality he didn't know them and was only trying to keep Po safe. However, Po was left unaware of this for some days, and instead enjoyed meeting the other Pandas along with Mr. Ping, his adopted father. Tigress later arrived with news of Kai's approach and defeat of the other masters, and after learning of Li's falsehood Po resolved to face Kai and defeat him using the Wuxi Finger Hold. However, given Kai's army of Jombies, it became obvious that he would need help, and the Pandas volunteered themselves for Po's training.

Using their natural skills, the Pandas fought against Kai's Jombies, distracting Kai while Po snuck up on him. Unfortunately, his attack failed, and he was forced to use the Wuxi Finger Hold on himself in order to take Kai back into the Spirit Realm. The villagers, Ping, and Tigress, moved by Po's sacrifice, unlocked the secrets of Chi within themselves and used it to help Po unlock his own mastery of the mystic energy, allowing him to defeat Kai. He was then able to return to the Physical Realm and the village.

Trivia

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The name of the mountain engraved into a rock

  • The village and its residents was largely influenced by the filmmakers' 10-day trip to Sichuan, China, where they visited the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Center, as well as Mount Qingcheng, a renowned Taoist mountain full of mist and rustic architecture.[6] In paying tribute, the filmmakers added in the mountain's name to a rock in one of the final shots in Kung Fu Panda 2.[7]
  • The village's landscape drew inspiration from the idea of a Shangri-La, where the residents are hidden away from the world.[6]
  • There are almost 30 variants of pandas amongst the village's residents, between both children and adults.[6]

Gallery

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Concept art

Videos

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Referred to as such in concept art for Kung Fu Panda 2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Referred to as such by DreamWorks Animation via news and social media.
  3. Sina.com - "《功夫熊猫3》曝概念图 熊猫世界全景重现" ("'Kung Fu Panda 3' exposed reproduce panoramic concept map Panda World"). Published and retrieved August 6, 2015.
  4. Miller-Zarneke, Tracey. The Art of Kung Fu Panda 3, p. 118. ISBN: 9781608874941.
  5. Revealed in DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016). Written by Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger & directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Alessandro Carloni. Distributed by 20th Century Fox.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Entertainment Weekly - "Kung Fu Panda 3 exclusive: See concept art and cinemagraphs of panda village" by C. Molly Smith. Published and retrieved July 27, 2015.
  7. Fortune - "Transcript: Jeffrey Katzenberg and Jennifer Yuh Nelson". Published and retrieved June 7, 2013.

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