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China Discovery, based in Chengdu, offers the best China Panda tours at local prices! We have meticulously designed and curated a range of panda tours that will take you to visit panda bases in Chengdu, Dujiangyan, Wolong, and Bifengxia. These tours provide you with the rare opportunity to witness these lovely pandas in person, and even participate in a volunteer program to care for them, conduct scientific research to understand their physical characteristics, or hike through the wild training area to learn how to protect their natural habitats and ecological balance.

Book any of our panda trips today and contribute towards saving this rare species while experiencing why pandas have captivated the world.

Panda Volunteering Program Notice : the Cleaning Up Panda Enclosures part of Panda Volunteering Program has been replaced by other activities including collecting bamboo shoots, analyzing panda feces, etc. temporarily.

Dujiangyan Panda Tour

1 Day Dujiangyan Panda Volunteer Tour

Extend to the best & closest place to do volunteer work. Take full day program from 08:30 to 16:00, making you an “Honorable Keeper”, “Nutritionist”.

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Chengdu Panda Tour

1 Day Chengdu Relaxing Panda Highlights Tour

This top 1 itinerary is very suitable for short-break travelers to see as many pandas as possible with only 0.5 hour’s drive from Chengdu downtown area to the base.

Panda Base: Chengdu

Type: See Pandas, City Life

Wolong Panda Volunteer Tour

2 Days Wolong Panda Volunteer at Shenshuping Base

Go to see the adorable giant pandas at Shenshuping Panda Base at most primitive and natural home in Wolong and spend one whole day to act as a panda keeper.

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Panda Base: Shenshuping

Bifengxia Panda Volunteer Tour

2 Days Inspiring Ya'an Bifengxia Panda Volunteer Experience

Transfer to Bifengxia Panda Base one day before the volunteering day. Experience the 1 full day volunteer program to leave best memory in your life.

Panda Base: Bifengxia

Type: Panda Volunteer, Ancient Town

Chengdu Panda Volunteer Tour

2 Days Chengdu & Lifetime Panda Volunteer Tour

A visit to Chengdu is not complete without a visit to see pandas. Taking volunteering work will definitely amaze you to the fullest.

Type: Panda Volunteer, City Exploration

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4 Days Ultimate Panda Tour for Panda Fans

This 4-day tour is the ultimate panda tour specially designed for panda fans with the best combination to see and do panda volunteer program in one trip!!!

Panda Base: Chengdu, Dujiangyan

Bifengxia Panda Volunteer Tour

5 Days Panda Volunteer Tour at Bifengxia Base

Join unforgettable 3-day program to know how to save endangered animals bestowed by our “mother nature”, which is a sparkling point in your life record.

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Type: 3 Days Panda Volunteer

Dujiangyan Panda Volunteer Tour

6 Days Leshan, Mount Emei & Panda Volunteer Tour

Be engaged in profound Buddhism culture, splendid landscapes through exhilarating, exclusive activities to experience unparalleled splendors.

Type: Volunteer, Nature, Buddhism

China Panda Tour

10 Days Classic China Family Tour with Panda Fun

Ever wonder that one day you can look at the cute giant panda face to face? Yes, this 10 days classic China tour offers you the opportunity to have a close contact with the chubby lovely pandas well combinded with other 3 destinations.

Route: Beijing / Xian / Chengdu / Shanghai

China Panda Tour

13 Days Chinese Treasures Tour with Panda

Take this treasure tour to discover China’s living treasures! You will not only immerse yourself in the historical, cultural and natural charm of China, but also get a chance to get close to the incredibly treasure - giant pandas!

Route: Beijing / Xian / Chengdu / Guilin / Shanghai

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14 Days China Panda Volunteer Tour with Tibet Discovery

Set off on a comprehensive adventure with great PANDA volunteer fun and TIBET discovery! In 14 days, you will explore the iconic sights in China’s golden triangle cities - Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, join panda volunteer program in Dujiangyan.

Route: Shanghai / Chengdu / Lhasa / Xian / Beijing

China Panda Tour

17 Days China Paradise Tour with Tibet Discovery & Panda Visit

This 17-day tour is definitely a great way to travel and see China. The tour covers all the highlights of China while letting you discover the splendid Chinese history, nature and pandas.

Route: Beijing / Xian / Lhasa / Chengdu / Chongqing / Yangtze Cruise / Yichang / Shanghai

Plan & Do Panda Volunteer Program in 2024

Search the best place to do volunteer program all over the world? A certain answer is here - there is no other place but China providing the memorable volunteer program to make a meaningful difference!

Head to the “Real Hometown of Giant Pandas” - Sichuan Province in China, and volunteers can choose among three natural panda bases - Dujiangyan Panda Base, Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base and Wolong Shenshuping Panda Base where you can take care of the endangered giant pandas and have intimate contact with them. During the program, volunteers will see as many pandas as possible, clean the pandas’ enclosures, prepare special panda food, chop bamboo...

For travelers who are interested in volunteering with red pandas (the lesser panda or red bear-cat), it is suggested to reach Wolong Hetaoping Panda Base for the one full day red panda volunteer program which you can also catch the rare opportunity to take photos with one of the gentle red pandas!

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To know further about China’s “National Treasure”, you are highly recommended to turn to “Further Panda Planing Guide” for more in-depth travel information with great ideas and insider finds, which will have you feeling like a local in no time! After doing all the research work, you are guaranteed with a perfect panda tour with best value. To get rid of all the hard work done by yourselves, you can ask for our local travel consultants directly for all information!

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Chengdu Panda Base

The closest and best base to see pandas where has over 120 pandas. Very suitable for short-break travelers in Chengdu.

Dujiangyan Panda Base

Dujiangyan Panda Base

The closest panda base to do panda volunteer, chosen by 80-90% volunteers. It takes one full day for this program.

Wolong Shenshuping Panda Base

Shenshuping Panda Base (Wolong)

About 10% panda fans choose this base which located in Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries in primitive environment.

Ya'an Bifengxia Panda Base

Bifengxia Panda Base (Ya'an)

About 10% volunteers take programs in this base for they want to have volunteer experience over 2, 3 days or more.

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4 Best Panda Tour Packages - Panda Volunteer Tours 2024

Welcome to China , the hometown of the giant panda. We have carefully selected four of the best panda tour packages for you. These panda tours not only allow you to observe China's iconic giant pandas but also provide an opportunity to experience the leisure time of Chengdu 's people, join a Panda Keeper's daily work, practice Qingcheng Kung Fu like the Kung Fu Panda Po, admire the largest and tallest stone-carved statue of buddha - Leshan Giant Buddha (a World Cultural Heritage Site), capture the stunning landscapes of Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong Valley (World Natural Heritage Sites), and more. Each of these panda tour packages provides a unique exploration of the panda's hometown, its culture, and its beloved national treasure - the giant panda. Whether you're a panda fan, a nature lover, or a cultural explorer, these panda tours promise unforgettable memories and remarkable panda journeys . Contact us for your panda tour , designed to offer classic, immersive, and highly recommended experiences.

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2 Day Dujiangyan Panda Volunteer Tour & Mount Qingcheng Kung Fu Lesson

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2 Days Chengdu Leisure Tour with Leshan Giant Buddha

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4 Days Ultimate Panda Tour for Panda Fans (Chengdu - Wolong - Dujiangyan)

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5 Days Jiuzhaigou Valley & Panda Tour from Chengdu by Flight

9 panda tours to chengdu, dujiangyan, wolong panda base.

The giant panda is an iconic symbol of China and one of the most adorable creatures in the world. Southwest China's Sichuan province is the homeland of giant pandas , with 1,387 pandas accounting for 74.4% of the total number of wild pandas in the country. Chengdu City, the capital of Sichuan , is known as the Panda City , and it is the only large metropolis in the world where both captive and wild pandas can be found. Also, the Chengdu section of the Giant Panda National Park is home to 73 wild giant pandas. Therefore, when mentioning panda tours, it is highly recommended to take a Chengdu Panda Tour , Dujiangyan Panda Tour , or Wolong Panda Tour . Here are the Top 9 Panda Tours for you to visit Chengdu , Dujiangyan, and Wolong in Sichuan. Join us to make your dream of a panda tour come true.

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Chengdu , the capital of Sichuan province, has two international airports and usually served as a popular gateway to China after Beijing and Shanghai . Take our Chengdu Panda Tours to enjoy a leisure time like a panda or a Chengduer.

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Dujiangyan, 2 hours's drive from Chengdu, is well-known for its World Heritage Sites of Mount Qingcheng - Dujiangyan Irrigation System. Take our Dujiangyan Panda Volunteer Tours to experience panda volunteering and a Qingcheng Kung Fu lesson.

Wolong, located in the Wolong Nature Reserve and belonging to the Giant Panda National Park, is a 3-hour drive from Chengdu. Take our Wolong Panda Volunteer Tours to experience being a panda keeper while also going on a hike in the panda habitat.

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1 Day Dujiangyan Panda Volunteer Tour with a Visit to Kung Fu Panda Village

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2 Days Chengdu Tour with Dujiangyan & Mount Qingcheng World Heritage Site

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2 Days Wolong Panda Volunteer Tour - From Chengdu City to Wild Panda Habitat

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6 Days Western Sichuan Tour (Siguniang - Danba - Tagong - Xinduqiao - Kangding)

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The panda is China's national treasure. Welcome to the panda hometown to discover more about these cute animals and the real China . Here are four of the most popular China Panda Tours for you to visit top destinations such as Beijing , Shanghai , Xian , Tibet , Chengdu , Guilin , Yangshuo, and Zhangjiajie . Besides pandas, China is a vast country with diverse landscapes, splendid cultures, stunning scenery, a time-honored history, and adorable and precious animals. Contact us now to plan your China Panda Tour .

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1. What are the Top 10 Fun Facts about Pandas? +

1). Pandas are good at climbing trees.

2). Pandas are good swimmers.

3). Pandas are bears that do not hibernate.

4). Pandas are carnivores but mainly eat bamboo (99% of their diet).

5). Pandas occasionally eat eggs, fish, and even small mammals.

6). Pandas spend 10-16 hours a day eating bamboo.

7). Pandas poo 40 times daily (100 droppings per day; about 20kg poo).

8). Adult pandas can weigh up to 125 kg, while newborn pandas weigh around 200g.

9). Pandas have a sixth finger, called a "Pseudo-thumbs" (helpful like a hand).

10). The name "panda" originally referred to the red panda until the discovery of the giant panda.

2. Why do people like pandas? Why do the Chinese love pandas? +

Pandas are adored for their cuteness . They have a unique appearance that is round and fluffy, making them stand out from other animals. But why do we love pandas? Perhaps it is because of the way they eat, which resembles the way humans sit on the floor. Or maybe it's because of their distinctive eyes, with eye patches that make their eyes look bigger, which people find attractive because it reminds them of children.

For the Chinese, giant pandas have long been a symbol of peace and friendship, which aligns perfectly with Chinese values and worldviews. Additionally, the black and white color of the panda is consistent with the cultural beliefs of China , specifically the connection to the Taiji Yin and Yang.

Pandas are very interesting to watch due to their unique black and white coat, bamboo diet, and "funny" behavior like rolling down hills, sleeping for over 10 hours a day, and "panda kung fu" wrestling. Their playful cub personas also attract much attention.

3. Why are pandas endangered? What is the biggest threat to pandas? +

Giant pandas are one of the most beloved animals in the world. They are bears native to central China and are easily recognizable by their large, distinctive black patches around their eyes, over their ears, and across their rotund body. Giant pandas are endangered primarily due to habitat loss, poaching, and low reproductive rates.

Habitat loss due to human activities is the main reason why giant pandas are endangered. Deforestation, urbanization, and infrastructure development have greatly reduced their natural habitat in China . As their mountain forest habitats were cleared for farming and development, panda populations became isolated and vulnerable. They have a very specialized bamboo diet, so the loss of habitat also meant the loss of their food source.

Pandas are difficult to mate because female pandas only ovulate once a year. Not only that but the window that a male panda has to inseminate the female while she has an egg ready to go is only about 36 to 40 hours.

The adult giant panda has very few natural enemies. One of the known enemies of the giant panda is the snow leopard, which may seize a baby panda that has wandered away from its mother, or a pack of wild dogs may also capture a wandering cub. However, humans are the greatest threat to pandas in China due to habitat destruction and poaching.

4. Where can I see giant pandas? How many giant pandas are left in the wild? +

Most giant pandas live in a few mountain ranges in central China . The best way to see pandas is at conservation and breeding centers in China, such as the Chengdu panda Base, Dujiangyan Panda Valley, Dujiangyan Panda Base, Wolong Panda Base, Bifengxia Panda Base, and Shaanxi Foping Panda Base . You can view various pandas, including newborn cubs, in indoor-outdoor enclosures and nurseries.

Zoos around the world also have some pandas, but their populations are limited. Countries like the US, Canada, Belgium, France, Thailand, and others have pandas in zoos. For example, giant pandas can be seen at zoos in the US, such as the San Diego Zoo, Zoo Atlanta, and the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC.

It is possible to see giant pandas in the wild , particularly in Giant Panda National Park, although it can be challenging as they are rare and elusive animals. There are approximately 1,864 giant pandas left in the wild, mostly in the mountainous regions of Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu in China . However, their numbers are slowly increasing from around 1,000 wild pandas in the 1980s due to conservation efforts.

Furthermore, research shows that 85% of wild giant pandas reside in Sichuan province , China. The Chengdu section of the Giant Panda National Park, which is the habitat of giant pandas in the wild, is home to 73 wild giant pandas, according to the fourth national giant panda survey.

5. What do giant pandas eat? How many hours a day do pandas eat? +

As you may know, pandas love to eat bamboo. However, pandas only eat about 42 bamboo species, including arrow bamboo and wood bamboo. Each species has a life cycle and will flower and die off every 20 to 40 years, depending on the species. Pandas need to have other species available to eat or be able to migrate to a different area when the bamboo dies off.

As 99% of a panda's diet is bamboo, they prefer bamboo shoots, stems, and leaves, especially shoots. Pandas are picky and clever, as they eat different types and parts of bamboo according to the season. In spring and summer, when bamboo shoots are plentiful, pandas like eating different kinds of shoots; in autumn, pandas eat more bamboo leaves; in winter, pandas prefer bamboo stems, which include more nutrients.

Although bamboo is the giant panda's favorite food, they also eat fruit (such as apples) and vegetables (such as carrots, pumpkins, and fungus). Pandas can eat small animals on occasion, such as fish, bamboo rats, or musk deer fawns.Pandas are carnivores, however, they are primarily recognized as vegetarian now.

Besides, pandas drink fresh water from rivers and streams once or twice a day. Because bamboo shoots are more than 60 percent water, pandas can get water while eating bamboo shoots.

By the way, baby pandas drink their mother's milk until they are six months old and then start eating bamboo. Pandas have very little breast milk, so captive panda cubs are fed milk made from a mixture of milk, powdered milk, and various vitamins.

With very little nutritional value in bamboo, pandas must eat 23–40 kg of bamboo every day (26 to 38% of their body weight) to meet their energy needs. To obtain this much food, a panda must spend 10 to 16 hours a day foraging and eating. The rest of their time is spent mostly sleeping and resting.

6. Why do pandas look so lazy? Do pandas get tired easily? +

Pands often appear lazy due to their slow movements and tendency to sleep for long periods of time. However, this is actually a natural behavior for pandas. Pandas are herbivores in the body of carnivores, and with a diet of 99% bamboo, they have developed adaptations for dealing with their low-calorie food, including taking it easy.

That is why pandas look so lazy – it allows them to save energy, and the lazy lifestyle allows pandas to survive on their low-quality diet. The daily energy expenditure values for giant pandas are substantially lower than those for koalas, for example, and more akin to those of three-toed sloths. Pandas have a low metabolic rate, which means that they require less energy than other animals of their size. Besides, pandas conserve their energy by moving slowly and sleeping for up to 14 hours a day.

While pandas may look lazy, they are actually strong and agile animals. They are excellent climbers and can run at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour when necessary. Pandas also have a high endurance level and can swim for long distances.

Pandas don't necessarily get tired easily, but they have evolved to conserve their energy by moving slowly and sleeping for long periods of time. This behavior is a natural adaptation to their unique diet and lifestyle.

7. Can I hold a panda cub or feed a panda? Can I volunteer with pandas? +

In general, pandas are not aggressive animals. However, mother pandas can become defensive when protecting their cubs, especially during the first few months after birth. Male pandas also spar with each other during mating season. Although pandas are often assumed to be docile, they have been known to attack humans, presumably out of irritation rather than aggression.

Direct contact with pandas is not allowed since 2018. Holding panda cubs would interfere with their care, bonding with handlers, and increase the risk of disease transmission. Additionally, feeding and interacting with pandas is left to panda keepers for the safety of both the pandas and visitors.

However, it is possible to participate in a panda volunteer tour at certain conservation centers in China . Opportunities are limited, and you can contact a tour operator to book the service ahead of time.

8. Are giant pandas a type of bear? How long do giant pandas live? +

Yes, giant pandas are a type of bear unique in China and are classified as a member of the family Ursidae.

The average lifespan of a giant panda in the wild is about 15-20 years. However, with proper care in captivity, they can live into their 30s. The oldest panda in captivity was Jia Jia, who lived to 38 years old.

9. When is the best time to visit pandas in China? +

The best time of year to visit pandas in China is during the spring and fall , when the weather is mild and the bamboo is in bloom. Spring (March-May) has pleasant temperatures, and pandas are more active during this time. In the fall, you can see baby pandas that were born in the summer.

Moreover, the best time to see the Giant Pandas is during their meal times or play times. Pandas love cool weather, so early morning before 9 o'clock is a suitable time to watch them when they are more active. For instance, you can observe their playtime from 10:30 am to 11:00 am and their lunchtime from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.

10. How long is a typical panda tour? How much does a panda tour cost? +

A panda tour can range from a half-day excursion to a multi-day trip, depending on the itinerary and activities included.

The cost of a panda tour varies depending on the length of the tour, the activities included, and the level of luxury . Prices can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.

Typically, panda tours include visits to conservation centers (panda bases) to see and learn about the pandas. Other activities may include a panda volunteer program , a panda habitat hike, sightseeing at world heritage sites, museum visits, kid-friendly cultural activities such as Kung Fu lessons and traditional tea ceremonies, Sichuan Opera performances, Chinese meals, and tour guides.

Panda tour prices vary but average around $100-$300 per person for a full-day visit , depending on the itinerary, accommodation, and time of year.

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  • There are only less than 2,000 pandas living in the wild or in captivity, accurately 1,864 reported in 2015, among which 1,367 are living in Sichuan.
  • Bamboo takes 99% of their diet, but not their only food. They also have some meat, cereal, vegetable, fruits, and some prefer sweets.
  • They defecate 40 times a day! Due to the high-fiber bamboo diet, their excrement is clean. Some souvenirs are made from the excrement, and some cubs even eat the excrement of their mother.
  • All of the world's pandas come from China!
  • This animal was first known by the westerners in 1869, when a French missionary was given a black-and-white fur.
  • One of the reasons why the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) chooses the image of giant panda to be the logo is to reduce the cost of printing - only black and white are needed.
  • Every Year, the United States pay one million dollars for renting pandas to stay in the zoos in Atlanta, Washington, San Diego, and Memphis.
  • When a cub is born in a foreign country, it will be immediately escorted to China by FedEx.
  • There are only two or three days a year when the female pandas are in heat, but some do not know how to mate. Human help is necessary for their breeding.
  • Newly-born cubs are like small pink mice, weighing only three to five ounces; however, they will grow to 100 pounds within one year, and become adults (over 300 pounds) in five years.
  • It has the sixth 'finger' on each of its paws. This 'thumb' beside the five fingers can help it firmly hold the bamboo, and climb the tree.
  • They have tails. An adult has a fluffy white tail with a length of 8 inches (20cm). Clinging to the plump hip, the tail is hard to be noticed.
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  • 1) It is not allowed to make loud noises.
  • 2) Flashing lights when taking pictures of pandas, especially baby pandas, is not allowed.
  • 3) Any feeding by visitors is prohibited.
  • 4) Keep a safe distance. Do not climb over the fence.
  • 5) Smoking is prohibited as the panda base is a smoke-free environment. Open-fire is not allowed in the base.

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Pandas have lived in China for over three million years. Many visitors to China would love to see them.

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2. When is the best time to see pandas?

The best time of day to visit pandas is before 10 am. Otherwise, likely, you’ll just see them sleeping. When they’re awake, they always sit upright to eat bamboo. Occasionally they also do some exercise, like climbing trees or rolling/walking around.

Giant pandas do not hibernate, so there is no best month for visiting; you can visit them all year round. Pandas give birth in August. If you visit the Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base between August and December you may see infant and baby pandas.

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  • New-born panda's weight: The average weight is 100g (0.2 pounds), about the weight of two hens’ eggs and only 1/900 of a mother panda’s weight.
  • You may not notice at first, but pandas have a 10 cm-long whitetail.
  • To maximize time for food, pandas can pooh while eating bamboo. They can pooh as much as 28 kilos per day.
  • Pandas’ average lifespan is 25 years.
  • Pandas’ pregnancies are relatively short, only 3½–5½ months. They usually give birth during August.
  • After 2 years of age, pandas leave their mother and live independently.

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As popular as visiting the Great Wall of China in Beijing or the Terracotta Army in Xian, taking a Chengdu Panda Tour at the Giant Panda Breeding Base is just as high on the list. It’s also said to be one of China’s most sustainable tourist attractions.

As soon as you arrive in Chengdu city you know you have hit the land of the panda. Their adorable faces greet you from every street corner, appear in all manner of advertisements, and are even used to decorate taxi car bonnets. Random Chengdu panda-themed goods are sold at every street market and an official panda merchandise store even exists within the city’s main shopping streets, including the Big and Small Alley and the Jinli night fair.

Excited about the opportunity of seeing a rare animal native to China, I was also apprehensive that visiting the pandas would not live up to the hype lingering all around me. Is the panda overload just another money-making tourist scheme? 

I had imagined an oversized zoo, with a few cages and uninviting box rooms scattered here and there full of pandas looking less than pleased with their lives of captivity and where tourists still found it a wonderful sight regardless. 

However, the Giant Panda Breeding Base in Chengdu is legitimately well-run and where the real action is at.

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Instead, I spent hours wandering around a never-ending open space of perfectly landscaped, dense green forest and beautiful parkland.

This is no zoo but a huge conservation base spanning 7,000 square meters.

Rather than feeling enclosed, you feel at one with nature as you meander peacefully through endless amounts of greenery, past towering trees, and across quaint wooden bridges and viewing levels. You realise that you are in a well-run establishment, where the setting has been deliberately crafted to provide a humane and self-sustaining home for the 50 or so pandas that reside here.

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A Giant Panda at home in his landscaped enclosure

With no glass screens and wire mesh fencing to ruin the view, you are right the heart of the action, where the pandas are rustling about; crunching and crackling on large supplies of bamboo; lazing around without a care in the world; not flinching or becoming uncomfortable at the sight of humans.

A Giant Panda lounging on a mat of bamboo plants in the open, green enclosure at the Breeding Base in Chengdu, China

Taking a Chengdu Panda Tour means being able to get close to these animals responsibly

Information boards are in abundance, detailing general panda facts and key insights into the research that takes place there and there’s even a short film if you like that kind of tourist reel. Plaques are also scattered around bearing the names and birth dates of some of the pandas – except they all looked the same to me so I couldn’t keep up with that kind of intricate detail.

While giant pandas are the main focus here, you can also see Red Pandas (which actually look like raccoons and are not as interesting as their giant cousins) as well as learn about the research base’s conservation programs for tigers and monkeys.

A Red Panda, which looks a lot like a racoon seen on a Chengdu Panda Tour in China's breeding base

Keep a look out for the smaller Red Pandas

Open from 07:30 am – 18:00 pm, we were told that it’s best to visit before 11:30 am when the pandas are at their most active before falling asleep in the early afternoon.

Since they are pretty much lazy creatures anyway, you will want to see them in top form. At their best, they are fascinatingly humorous. I’ll never forget the sight of pandas lying on their backs, covered in a heap of bamboo and eating shreds of it from their bellies. 

A delirious life of bamboo indulgence at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base

Then there was a panda we named ‘Dozy Dave’ who climbed a small tree and had absolutely no idea how to get back down! We thought about telling one of the conservation workers about his plight but then realised he probably spends every day in this same predicament!

Dozy Dave moved all of half a metre in the 20 minutes we spent watching him and gave up very easily. I think he was either scared or lazy, although I guess it’s probably the latter. Just like his friend closeby who made the giant step up to the next level of his climbing frame and then decided to roll onto his back with exhaustion.

A Giant Panda climbing a tall leafy green tree at the Giant Panda Breeding Base in Chengdu, China

Giant Pandas have the space to roam here

The award-winning conservation base includes a panda hospital and a nursery, where you can see baby pandas in their incubators and resting peacefully on baby blankets. You can’t help but coo over them and try and wing out your time by the viewing window before the guard ushers you on.

A tiny, baby Panda sleeps in an incubator at the Giant Panda Breeding Base in Chengdu

You can observe the baby pandas at part of the medical side to the Giant Panda Breeding Base

Monitored around the clock by an expert team who make up part of the project’s many scientific and technical workers, you can tell they are well looked after and that the breeding process here – which includes artificial insemination and other means to overcome the mating difficulties – is successful and well managed.

Three baby pandas snuggle and sleep on pink and white blankets at the Giant Panda Breeding Base in Chengdu, China

Baby Pandas in Chengdu – the most wonderful sight

It’s here that you can hold a panda for around £135, except that it is out of most people’s travel budget, and in the interests of responsible practice, it is better to leave them as wild as possible in their habitat in the enclosure. Although living in captivity, the Panda is still a wild and potentially unpredictable animal. I also think this practice of being passed around humans and having a camera flashing in your face all day is a bit cruel.

You can pay for other experiences here, such as feeding the pandas, where you stand on a viewing platform, attach a piece of bamboo to a long stick, and lower it down for the panda to take from you. It was a lovely sight, except when a woman dangled the stick and moved it up and down, meanly teasing the panda who nearly fell off the ledge of its enclosure trying to catch it. Irresponsible tourists have no place here.

A tourist passes bamboo to a Panda on a stick through a fence at the Chengdu Base in China

Feeding time during a Chengdu Panda Tour

Apart from shattering my childhood view that all pandas are black and white and fluffy (they are mainly black and yellow and slightly matted), this was one of the best and most delightful days out I have had in China. The Giant Panda Breeding Base states: “Successful conservation programs require the combination of good science and effective communication about needed human conservation behaviour” and it certainly lives up to its word.

Even if your interest doesn’t lay this deep, the sheer size and man-made beauty of the place and the close proximity you get to the pandas is an experience in itself.

Cost of a Chengdu Panda Tour

Getting to the giant panda breeding base.

There are two ways to get to the Panda base.

An inexpensive private trip of approximately 200 Yuan (£20), including round-trip transport from your accommodation.

No matter where you are in the city, you must take Chengdu’s Metro Line 3 to the Panda Avenue Station (signed posted with a Panda) and leave via Exit A. From here, you will pick up one of the buses – D025, 198, or 198A – that goes to the Panda Base Bus Station. 

Tickets cost RMB 55 per person (full price) and RMB 27 per person (concessions).

A skip the line ticket can be purchased from Get Your Guide, where the printed or mobile voucher is accepted. 

The Panda Centre is open from 07:30 AM – 18:00 PM throughout the year.

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A Giant Panda in Chengdu, China playfully on his back eating bamboo and lying on a pile of it

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Traveler Tiffany says

20 October 2020 at 7:33 pm

Hi I am from chengdu. I am glad you enjoy it. Thank you for introducing my city to others.

Bethaney says

3 December 2015 at 3:12 am

I’m definitely adding this to my bucket list for 2016. I can’t wait to go to China and I think I’ll make this my first stop. 😉

19 March 2013 at 9:23 am

Do you have to make a reservation and if so can your please send me a link i am planning on going there for spring break

19 March 2013 at 10:29 am

No reservations when what I know, although many hostels can arrange for you. Links to the website are within the post 🙂

Julika says

20 November 2012 at 9:22 am

Oh the baby pandas are too adorable!! Looks like you could spend hours watching them (and I would most likely be squeaking all the time… that happens a lot with fluffy animal babies). If I hadn’t had a reason to visit China before, I would have had one now 🙂 Great post!

21 November 2012 at 4:14 am

It really is a positive side to China. I have heard really bad things about the zoos but this proper research facility is really well-run and interesting. Plus, you can get close to the Pandas… how awesome is that!?

Tom Bourlet says

15 November 2012 at 11:58 am

Love pandas 😀 I’m so jealous you got to do this. I’m planning on travelling through Asia, but didn’t consider China before as one of the options, might have to add it in to my list! I still reckon we should domesticate them and have them as legendary pets haha

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Located about 10 km northeast of the city center, the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (also known as the Chengdu Panda Base) is the closest giant panda facility to downtown Chengdu and is a popular place to see lots of pandas of different ages in what's close to their natural habitat.

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The Chengdu Panda Base is a nonprofit research and breeding facility for giant pandas that was originally founded in 1987 and opened to the public in 1993. The center began with a population of just six giant pandas and has since grown to more than 100 pandas.

The aim when building the Chengdu Panda Base was to construct an ecosystem that closely resembled the pandas' natural habitat in order to better understand their behavior. The result of these efforts is a large, 92-acre semi-natural habitat with more than 96% plant coverage. For visitors, it is more like a nice park than a traditional zoo.

The base houses several enclosures for giant pandas of different ages, a research and breeding center, panda cub nurseries, a giant panda museum, and more, making for a fun and educational experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to its giant pandas, the base also features a number of other rare species that are worth seeing, including red pandas, black-necked cranes, and more.

One of the main attractions at Chengdu Panda Base is the large, outdoor activity space where the giant pandas play and eat snacks. You can also sometimes view mother pandas interacting with their young in the panda nursery. The outdoor enclosures are large natural environments with low fences and ditches between the visitors and the pandas to allow for easy viewing of the animals.

The pandas are fed in the morning and are most active at that time of day. After around 10:00 am, the pandas tend to get sleepy and the park will also become crowded. In addition, it's worth noting that the pandas tend to be more active when the temperature is cool. All that being said, we suggest you visit the base as early as possible in the morning.

The base is large and nice to walk around, since much of it is in a bamboo forest. If you don't feel like walking, however, you can ride the shuttle bus within the base. Be aware that you may need to wait in line for the shuttle bus during busy times.

Make sure to bring your passport, as it may be needed when buying tickets. A camera with a zoom lens is recommended if you want to capture close-up shots of the pandas. We suggest getting a map or taking a photo of the map at the entrance, as the base is large and may be difficult to navigate.

There are also shops selling panda-related souvenirs, but the prices are usually more elevated than markets or shops outside the base.

Accessibility Information

While the main road is paved and flat, the base is large, so it is better for visitors with mobility issues to ride the shuttle bus. The walkways are mostly flat but there may be small steps in some places, so visitors who completely rely on wheelchairs may need help from others to navigate. Most restrooms within the base are wheelchair accessible.

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Opening hours: 7:30am - 6:00pm Entrance fee: 55 CNY Shuttle bus fee: 10 CNY Average time for this activity: 2-3 hours

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It takes about a half hour and costs around 30 CNY to get to Chengdu Panda Base from the city center via taxi. You can also get there via public bus or subway, although these routes require a few transfers.

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If you are animal lovers, you should set your foot in Chengdu – China, to get a closer insight into cute pandas, feed them as well as watching the video about how a panda gives birth to a baby cub. More interestingly, you also have ample chance to join a panda volunteer program at the Wolong Giant Panda Research Base. One step further to get a glimpse of giant pandas, experience ethnically diverse villages, explore one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth and see giant pandas in zoos of the metropolis including Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Guilin, and Hong Kong.

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6 Top Places to See Giant Pandas in China: 3 Bases and 3 Zoos

The best places to see giant pandas are, of course, in Chengdu , hometown of giant pandas. But there are zoos/parks in other China cities where you can see giant pandas if you can't get to Chengdu.

There are usually two ways to see pandas, a short visit to see them from outside the enclosures or a panda keeper program . Dujiangyan Panda Base is the closest panda sanctuary to Chengdu with a panda keeper program.

Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base stands out as having the most pandas and cubs.

Below are the top places to see giant pandas in China.

Tips: The best time to see pandas is in the morning when they're more active, especially during feeding time between 8:30 and 10:00 a.m.

1. Dujiangyan Panda Base: Easily-Accessible Panda Keeper Programs

  • Location : Dujiangyan Prefecture, 67 km (41 mi) or 1½ hours from Chengdu
  • Pandas : about 20
  • Activities : panda viewing, and panda keeper program
  • Suitable for : those who want a less-crowded panda base or to join in a one-day volunteer program
  • Time needed : from half a day

If you're looking for close contact with pandas , a panda keeper program is the best choice. It offers the perfect opportunity to see and serve those lovely creatures.

Dujiangyan Panda Base focuses on breeding, wilderness training, and releasing pandas into the wild. Only 1½ hours from Chengdu, it is the most easily accessible  panda base offering a panda keeper program.

During the program, you will take part in the daily work of panda keepers, including cleaning the glass of their enclosures and preparing panda foods (like bamboo, steamed 'panda cakes', and apples).

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2. Wolong Panda Base: The Most Peaceful Panda Base

  • Location : 121 km (75 mi) west of Chengdu, 3 hours' driving
  • P andas : about 30
  • Activities : seeing pandas, panda keeper program, hiking in wild panda habitat
  • Best for : taking part in a volunteer program in a peaceful environment
  • Time needed : 2 days

Compared with Dujiangyan, Wolong Panda Base is much further away from Chengdu. Thus, it is less frequented by visitors. Besides, Wolong National Nature Reserve is considered to be the real hometown of wild pandas . Hike in Dengsheng Gorge, learn about the habitat of wild giant pandas, and try tracking a wild panda.

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3. Giant Panda Breeding Research Base: See Most Baby Pandas

  • Location : Chengdu city outskirts, 40 minutes by car, easily accessible
  • Pandas : about 50
  • Activities : seeing pandas and cubs, watching panda breeding movies
  • Time needed : half a day
  • Best for : people who have limited time, and are only interested in seeing pandas

The following panda base in Chengdu's suburbs and city zoos optimize your time with convenient journeys. Without age limitation , they are more friendly to families with little kids and seniors than panda sanctuaries.

Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base is one of the largest panda reserves with 50 giant pandas. It specializes in baby pandas and their care.

September is the best time to see adorable newly-born cubs and naughty year-old panda cubs . Visiting the panda playground in the morning will brighten your trip. You might see them snoozing on tree stumps, gamboling with one another, or crunching on bamboo shoots...

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4. Chongqing Zoo: Second Largest Number of Pandas in a City

  • Location : Chongqing City, conveniently on subway line 2
  • Pandas : about 16
  • Activities : Seeing pandas only
  • Time needed : 2 hours
  • Best for : travelers who visit Chongqing or take a Yangtze Cruise

Chongqing Zoo boasts 16 pandas, which is only second to Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Center among the city zoos. Located in the "Mountain City", Chongqing Zoo is built on the mountain slopes. The panda house utilizes the mountainside and includes a rock cave. So, you have to ascend a little for a panda visit there. Chongqing is the top port for a Yangtze River cruise . You could make a short excursion to Chongqing Zoo before your Yangtze cruise .

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5. Guangzhou Chimelong Safari Park: Little Panda Keeper Program for Kids

  • Location : Guangzhou, 40 minutes driving
  • Activities : Seeing pandas, 1-hour Little Panda Keeper Program
  • Best for: families with kids, expats in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong

Chimelong Safari Park is considered to be the largest wildlife theme park in China. The only visitable panda triplets are the stars there. During your visit, you can have meals at a panda-themed canteen where pandas play next to the windows.

Kids over 5 years old have the chance to join in a 1-hour Little Panda Keeper Program . They will learn about pandas, make a panda cake, and visit the panda house.

Want more insider recommendations and suggestions? See How to Plan a Panda Tour .

6. Beijing Zoo: An Easily Accessible Place with Pandas

  • Location : Beijing City
  • Best for : a first China visit with limited time, Beijing expats

Beijing Zoo is the largest zoo in China with the largest number of animal species. It features pandas in a scenic Chinese garden setting.

Located in the No. 1 gateway city of China, Beijing Zoo is an easily-accessible way to see pandas. What could be better than seeing the Great Wall and giant pandas in a few-day stopover in Beijing?

We could easily add a trip to Beijing Zoo to one of these popular Beijing itineraries:

  • 5-Day Beijing Family Tour
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Last pandas in the US are returning to China

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Zoo Atlanta is gearing up to return four giant pandas — the last ones remaining on U.S. soil at present — to China later this year.

Key points:

Zoo Atlanta is returning the pandas to China by the end of 2024, concluding a 25-year loan agreement.

The zoo has applied for the pandas ’ international travel permits, with departure details to be determined in collaboration with partners at China’s Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda.

The zoo will issue an advance notice of the pandas’ departure and specific timing for final visiting opportunities.

The details:

Lun Lun , Yang Yang and their cubs Ya Lun and Xi Lun became the only remaining pandas in the U.S. after the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., sent three pandas back to China in October 2023.

Lun Lun and Yang Yang, both 26, arrived at Zoo Atlanta in 1999 as part of a 25-year loan agreement. The couple has produced seven offspring : Mei Lan (born 2006), Xi Lan (2008), Po (2010), twins Mei Lun and Mei Huan (2013) and the most recent twins Ya Lun and Xi Lun (2016).

Mei Lan, Xi Lan, Po, Mei Lun and Mei Huan were returned to the Chengdu research base at ages 4, 5, 3 and 3, respectively. The return of Ya Lun and Xi Lun — now aged 7 — was temporarily halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zoo Atlanta said it will update the public on relevant dates:

"As the process for sending giant pandas to China is extensive and requires months of planning, Zoo Atlanta expects to be able to share significant advance notice of the pandas’ departure with friends and fans and, at a future date, will announce specific timing for a final opportunity for guests to visit Lun Lun, Yang Yang, Ya Lun, and Xi Lun in Atlanta.” Trending on NextShark: Donald Trump says Nikki Haley will be on his team 'in some form'

The zoo also announced a "Summer of Celebration" event on June 1 to commemorate its loan agreement with China. The free event will feature cultural performances and educational activities.

What's next:

The San Diego Zoo and San Francisco Zoo have signed partnership deals with China to receive pairs of pandas between late 2024 and sometime in 2025, continuing China's panda diplomacy with the U.S.

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Z oo Atlanta is preparing to send its giant pandas back to China, following suit with other states, the zoo confirmed Friday in a press release.

“With the 2024 expiration of Zoo Atlanta’s giant panda agreement with China, preliminary plans are underway for Lun Lun, Yang Yang, Ya Lun, and Xi Lun to travel to China later this year,” the release reads.

“Zoo Atlanta has applied for the pandas’ international travel permit, and the bears are expected to travel to China sometime in the fourth quarter of 2024,” the zoo added. “No more specific information on timing of the pandas’ travels is available at this time; timing will be identified collaboratively with official partners in China.”

Zoo officials noted that the process for returning the pandas, which are on loan from China per the website , is extensive and requires months of planning.

The pandas at Zoo Atlanta are the last remaining pandas in the U.S., as the bears at other zoos across the nation — including ones in Memphis, Tenn., and Washington, D.C. — returned their pandas back to China recently.

However, San Francisco is set to get its own pair of pandas next year, Mayor London Breed announced last month.

“San Francisco is absolutely thrilled that we will be welcoming Giant Pandas to our San Francisco Zoo,” Breed said in a statement.

China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA) Secretary-General Wu Minglu said that the organization will collaborate with officials in the Bay Area city to get ready for the pandas’ arrival in 2025, according to The Associated Press.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, during a meeting with business executives in the city last November, called the bears “envoys of friendship.”

The panda exchange with China began under an agreement brokered by then-President Nixon in 1972, which led to several pandas being loaned to U.S. zoos for research purposes.

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Atlanta zoo set to return last giant pandas in US to China

The last giant pandas in the U.S. are leaving, but China will send more

Zoo Atlanta will return Lun Lun, Yang Yang and their 7-year-old twins Ya Lun and Xi Lun to China late this year, another chapter of “panda diplomacy.”

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The Atlanta zoo will return its four pandas to China late this year, the facility announced Friday, in the latest chapter of a program often labeled “ panda diplomacy .”

The parents and their twins have been the only giant pandas in the United States since November, when the National Zoo in Washington returned three of the bears to China in a move that some saw as an ominous sign of deteriorating relations between the U.S. and Chinese governments. China owns and leases all giant pandas in U.S. zoos.

Lun Lun, 26, and Yang Yang, 26, have been in Atlanta since 1999, when they came as part of a 25-year loan agreement. They have had seven children since then, including twins Ya Lun and Xi Lun, 7, the last of the offspring still in the country.

The zoo announced in November that the quartet would be leaving this year but had not indicated when that might be. It said this week that they would return in the fourth quarter.

Their exact departure date is not clear, nor how they will make the trip. Zoo Atlanta did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday, and the Friday news release said the zoo has applied for the pandas’ international travel permit.

“The process for sending giant pandas to China is extensive and requires months of planning,” the zoo said in a statement.

Last year’s farewell to the three bears in D.C. could offer some clues.

The November morning when they left began with staffers loading stacks of bamboo onto three large FedEx trucks as the sun rose. That was to make sure the pandas could snack during their travels.

The pandas were loaded into large shipping crates and driven to nearby Dulles International Airport.

They were then packed onto a FedEx cargo jet with two zookeepers for a 19-hour, 9,000-mile journey to Chengdu, China, The Washington Post reported at the time.

Relatives of the Atlanta pandas have made a similar journey to China’s Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, where they now reside and have had children themselves.

The last ones to make the journey were another set of twins, Mei Lun and Mei Huan, who departed for China in 2016 after they turned 3 years old.

Zoo Atlanta said it had not yet discussed the future of the giant panda program with partners in China. It noted that it has contributed more than $17 million to support the conservation of wild giant pandas and plans a summer of celebrating the pandas, starting June 1.

The United States, though, could welcome a pair of new pandas before the four depart Atlanta. San Diego Zoo staffers visited China this year to prepare for the arrivals of Yun Chuan and Xin Bao as early as this summer, the Associated Press reported . Pandas had lived there and in Memphis before returning to China as their agreements expired in recent years.

When Chinese leader Xi Jinping visited San Francisco in November, he suggested that Beijing would send new pandas, signaling that China would continue its panda diplomacy.

In February, National Zoo officials indicated that they were in discussions to bring back giant pandas to D.C., though it is not clear when that could happen.

If the San Diego Zoo doesn’t receive those bears before the Atlanta-based family leaves, the United States will be without giant pandas for the first time in more than 50 years.

The black-and-white animals have been a cornerstone of U.S.-China relations since they arrived in 1972, a move sparked by a banquet conversation between first lady Pat Nixon and Premier Zhou Enlai, China’s second-in-command to Chairman Mao Zedong.

The first lady and President Richard M. Nixon were in Beijing for a historic Cold War visit to communist China .

Fewer than 1,900 giant pandas remain in the wild in China, according to Zoo Atlanta, with the majority in nature reserves. Although many in the area may be sad to see the bears leave, the zoo said it was grateful to have looked after them for more than two decades.

“We have merely been fortunate enough to be their stewards and introduce so many people here in the U.S. to this species,” it said on its website.

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