|All activities relating to close contact with giant pandas have been suspended, due to the canine distemper accident causing two pandas' deaths in Shaanxi Rare Wildlife Rescue & Breeding Center in Xian on Jan. 6, 2015. Visitors could no longer join in the volunteer program or hold a panda to take photos. The restart time remains unknown.|
The giant pandas are not only a Chinese national treasure but are also beloved by people the world over. They are found only in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces. In total there are fewer than 1000, of which 80% are distributed within the territory of Sichuan province. Therefore, when visitors from home and abroad come to Chengdu, Sichuan Province one of their main objectives will be to see the giant pandas for themselves.
The necessary facilities for giant pandas have been completed and include a fodder room, sleeping quarters and a medical station. Additionally there is a Giant Panda Museum together with research laboratories and a training center. A great number of plants and as many as ten thousand clumps of bamboos and bushes have been cultivated to provide for the giant pandas' diet and habitat. The center is planned to be expanded by another 3000 mus (500 acres) of land on which to simulate a natural environment order to prepare the giant pandas bred for release into the wild.
|Admission Fee:||CNY 58|
|Opening Hours:||07:30 to 18:00 (tickets sales closed at 17:00)|
|Best Time to Visit:||09:00-10:00 in the morning for it is active breakfast time|
|How to Get There:||Take taxi from the city proper and it costs CNY30 or so. |
Take bus 60 from Xinnanmen Tourism Coach Station and get off at Longqing Road Shulong Road. Then walk along the Panda Avenue for about several minutes to the panda center.
Take bus 1, 32, 49, 53, 63, 64, 69, 70, 71, 83, 156 to Zhaojuesi Bus Stop. Then change to Bus 198 to Panda center.
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At present, holding a panda to take photos is not allowed due to the earlier canine distemper accident happened in Xian. The restart time depends on when the epidemic ends.
Hereunder is earlier information on holding pandas to take photos for your reference: CNY 2,000 is needed for holding a 8-to-10-month-old panda and taking photos with him / her for one or two minutes. Visitors need to make a reservation by sending an email to email@example.com or calling at 86-28-83505513. Once the reservation is confirmed, you can have a close contact with the panda on the appointed date. In addition, CNY 2000 should be paid in cash.
Bifeng Gorge of China Panda Conservation and Research Center, which is not far from Chengdu is also a wonderful place to see pandas.
Wolong National Nature Reserve remains closed due to the influence of the Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008.
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