|Mabian Dafending Nature Reserve was established in 1979 and
was subsequently upgraded to national grade status in 1994. Situated in
the south west of Sichuan province, Mabian Dafending Nature reserve is
relatively small, occupying a total area of 301.6Km2 in the county of
Mabian, with altitudes ranging from 800m to 4042m above sea level. Mabian
Dafending Nature Reserve together with two other smaller reserves, one of
which called Meigu Dafending, ranges in the Liangshan 'Yi' tribe
autonomous region. According to the National Survey conducted in 1980s,
Mabian was recorded to be home to a population of giant pandas which also
frequent the neighbouring reserve areas. The local communities living
peripheral to the Nature Reserve predominately belong to the 'Yi' tribe.
Like many of China's minority tribes, the 'Yi' tribe is rich in culture,
its traditions in some ways associate the lives the people with Mabian
Dafending Nature Reserve.
Baijiawan Protection Station. This station is responsible for
round-the-clock inspection of all the outgoing and incoming vehicles on
the road which leads to the nature reserve. Patrol staff will also station
here on standby for any operations.