Dujiangyan Panda Base
Dujiangyan Panda Base, one of the top places to see pandas of China, is the only research center focusing on rescue and disease control & prevention of giant pandas. About 40 miles from Chengdu downtown, the base nestles at the foot of the well-known Qingcheng Mountain. Endowed with vast natural bamboo forest, the refreshing surroundings and comfortable climate create a favorable living environment for the national treasure, Giant Pandas.
After the devastating earthquake in Sichuan in 2008, a number of captive and wild giant pandas were at risks, and then Dujiangyan Panda Base was established to timely rescue and protect the homeless and sick pandas. During emergencies like sudden natural disasters, and the base is capable of making rapid transfer and evacuation of injured giant pandas. Meanwhile, the base undertakes the work of disease prevention and control, and relieving the stress of captive populations of Chengdu Panda Base, as well as receiving returned star mammals from overseas countries.
The number of pandas in Dujiangyan Base amounts to about 20, most of which are overseas returnees with a lot of international fans. These panda stars had traveled abroad as national treasures and now returned to Dujiangyan Panda Base for their later life, including Panpan, Taishan, Zhenzhen, Huaxing and Huamei. For example, Panda Taishan was the only one born in Washington National Zoo and fortunately survived. He stayed in the US for four and a half years long upon the detainment request of his huge fans in America, while it was agreed that panda babies shall return to their homeland at 2 years old. By the way, 08:00-09:00 is the best time to see pandas, as it happens to be their breakfast time when they are most lively and active.
A life-time chance to have an up-close interaction with the giant panda is provided by a full-day wonderful panda keeper experience available in Dujiangyan Panda Base. Visitors could apply for the volunteer opportunities to take care of giant pandas with help and guide of professional insider keepers, including cleaning the enclosures, making special panda desserts, feeding the panda by hands, attending panda classes, and planting bamboo and trees. Volunteers could not only gain an insight into panda's evolution history, eating habit, personalities, and current living situation, but also a close contact with the lovely creatures. When accomplishing the panda keeper program, volunteers would be rewarded with a certificate and a memorial T-shirt.
Dujiangyan Panda Base is one of the only three places in China where visitors could hold a panda cub and take memorable pictures with them. Correspondingly, visitors are expected to make an extra donation fee to support the sustainable research of the endangered species. For visitors who plan a panda holding experience shall make reservations in advance and provide their health record to ensure a clean and safe contact with giant panda. The Health Record Form will be provided by your travel consultant.
- As independent travelers, you could take a high speed train from Chengdu Railway Station to Qingchengshan, and then transfer the bus No. 102 to the panda base directly.
- Alternatively, you could join a private tour for worry-free transfer, and our Panda Keeper Program would be a nice option.