- This article is about the village seen in Kung Fu Panda 2. You may be searching for the new panda village featured in Kung Fu Panda 3.
|“||This was a thriving village.||”|
|—Soothsayer, Kung Fu Panda 2|
The Panda Village is an old farming village that sits in the hills between a river and a vast bamboo forest just outside of Gongmen City. Once home to many pandas, it now lies abandoned with the ruins of old farmhouses. It is the birthplace of Po, who visited the village in Kung Fu Panda 2 and attained inner peace.
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The panda village was once a peaceful and abundant farming village populated entirely by giant pandas. Among these villagers at the time were Po and his parents, who lived happily as a family. But one day, an evil peacock by the name of Shen and his pack of wolves invaded the village, destroying everything in their path. Outnumbered and overwhelmed by the pack's forces, any remaining villagers were forced to flee their homes. It is presumed most of the pandas were killed and hunted down (such as Po's mother) and only a few managed to escape entirely (such as Po, his father, and some others).
Since then, the abandoned village laid unpopulated and in ruins for several years. After being blasted out of Gongmen City's Fireworks Factory by one of Shen's cannons, Po was knocked unconscious and was dragged along a river that ran through the village. The Soothsayer found him on the riverfront and carried him into his old farmhouse, where he was nursed back to health and consciousness. It was here that Po finally let his struggling memories of the village raid break through the surface of his mind, and in doing so managed to achieve inner peace.
- Art director Tang Kheng Heng explained that this location was "inspired by Lijiang in the Yunnan Province [of China], where pandas once lived in abundance and where the snow-capped Himalayas add to the majesty of such a special place."
- Although the village appears abandoned, bamboo has started to grow in between the farmhouses' burnt wood, serving as a visual symbol of rebirth to a formerly devastated location. This was done to symbolize the village's role in providing Po with a new sense of recognition and growth.