It is probably for the best that the Wolong Giant Panda Breeding Centre has been closed to visitors since last May's earthquake in Sichuan . 'If people had the chance to visit us here they would probably be as depressed as we were,' said Deng Linhua , deputy director of the centre's office. Apart from seven giant pandas, Mr Deng is now the sole inhabitant of the Wolong centre because all other officials and 54 of the pandas were moved out to flatter land in Yaan , about 100km southwest of the provincial capital, Chengdu . The Wolong centre sits by a river between two steep mountains and is just 40km from the quake's epicentre, Yingxiu town. It was mostly abandoned after the quake and the ground is still littered by rocks and rubble. Falling rocks killed one panda and another remains missing, possibly buried by a landslide that staff have yet to clear. Mr Deng said it would have been hard for wild pandas to survive the past eight months but at least the centre's pandas were safe and in good health. Seven pandas were deliberately left in a makeshift facility in Wolong to show the world that 'Wolong has always been the home of the giant panda', Mr Deng said. Some have suggested the breeding centre be moved out of Wolong to avoid the ever-present threat of landslides and summer floods, but centre deputy director Huang Yan said moving had never been an option. 'Both Chengdu and Yaan are too hot in the summer, and I don't think the pandas would like it,' Mr Huang said. A new site for a breeding centre has been chosen at Shenshuping in Genda town, about 10km east of the Wolong base. The new site is relatively flat ground, far from steep mountains or rivers. The Shenshuping site is about 27 hectares, four times the size of the original Wolong centre, Mr Huang said. Money appears not to be an issue in the centre's rebuilding efforts. The Hong Kong government revealed yesterday that it would try to inject another HK$4 billion to run 103 reconstruction projects in Sichuan, including 23 at Wolong. This funding comes on top of an earlier HK$2 billion commitment from the special administrative region. Authorities estimate it will take about HK$1.6 billion to rebuild Wolong, which will involve conservation of the nature reserve's environment, restarting scientific research and rebuilding infrastructure. The road from Yingxiu to Wolong was destroyed by landslides and a new, unpaved mountain road was opened just last month. Mr Huang said the road could be an important factor in determining the progress of the Shenshuping centre because it was the only way to get construction materials into the area.