Ya'an Bifengxia Base of China Conservation and Research Center of Giant Panda
|Since 2015, the volunteer program, taking photos with pandas and other activities relating to close contact with pandas have been suspended. It's still unclear when these activities will be resumed.|
In the May 12th 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake, the Wolong National Nature Reserve suffered a crushing blow and over fifty China giant pandas living in captivity became completely homeless. In order to save these national treasures, Wolong National Nature Reserve has, since May 15th, carried out an evacuation plan. Twenty-seven giant pandas were transferred in batches to Chengdu, Fuzhou and Beijng, and the rest were moved to the Ya'an Bifengxia Base of China Conservation and Research Center of Giant Panda.
Endowed with good quality water and air, Bifengxia Base is a satisfactory place for the growth of pandas, and what is more important, it was only slightly damaged in the earthquake. With around 60 pandas, it is a comprehensive conservation project combining tourism, research and giant panda breeding in one place. Bifengxia Base is divided into the giant panda breeding zone, baby giant panda care zone, research center, bamboo woods and office area.
The pandas are assured of healthy growth in their new home, and good news continually flows from Bifengxia Base. In the morning on July 6th, 2008, the panda "Guo Guo" gave birth to the first twin cubs in the base. Guo Guo, the great panda mother, came to the base on June 24th when she was 119 days pregnant. She was really strong and brave to have these babies after surviving the big earthquake, overcoming the difficulties of bumping and shaking on the long journey, and adjusting herself to the new environment. The panda twins were the first pair of giant pandas born in 2008 worldwide, which brings new hope and more power to the recovery of the earthquake-stricken area and the affected forest area.
In 2008, there were 13 baby pandas surviving in the Bifengxia Base. On Feb. 12nd, 2009, the base held a simple ceremony for these small ones as they attended the panda kindergarten. The giant pandas, who temporarily lived in the Bifengxia Base, returned to the Wolong National Nature Reserve after its restoration after two or three years.
How to get to Bifeng Gorge
2. Take regular bus from Shiyangchang Bus Station in Chengdu to Ya'an. Buses depart from 07:25 to 19:00. Actually they arrive at Ximen Bus Station. Therefore, you should take a taxi to Ya'an Tourism Bus Station and then change minibus to the gorge.
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|Entrance Fee||CNY118 for adults; |
CNY 60 for children between 1.2 and 1.5 meters (3.9 and 4.9 feet);
* It includes entrance fee to the gorge, panda base, sightseeing bus, and elevator.
|CNY180 for adults; |
CNY 90 for children between 1.2-1.5m.
* It includes the entrance fee, sightseeing bus fee and three animal performances.
|Free of charge for children under 1.2 meters.|
|Opening Hours||Mar. - Oct.: 08:00 to 16:00; |
Nov. - Feb.: 08:30 to 16:00.
* Panda base:
Mar. - Oct.: 8:30 to 11:30, and 13:30 to 16:00.
Nov. - Feb.: 09:00 to 11:30, and 13:30 to 16:00.
|Mar. - Oct.: 08:30 to 16:00; |
Nov. - Feb.: 09:00 to 15:40.
At present, holding a panda to take photos is not allowed both here and at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, due to the earlier canine distemper accident happened in Xi'an. The restart time depends on when the epidemic ends.
Earlier information for your reference: A donation of CNY 1,000 to 2,000 is needed if visitors want to hold a panda to take photos with him/her.
Dujiangyan Panda Base, 56km (34 miles) northwest of Chengdu, is another ideal choice. Panda Keeper Program is available here.
Dujiangyan Panda Valley is 60km (37 miles) from Chengdu.
Wolong National Nature Reserve is 130km (80 miles) from Chengdu.
Should such arrangements be made when we get there? What would the cost be?
For transportation, you can fly from Shanghai to Chengdu first. Then transfer to the log-distance bus at airport to Ya'an. Upon getting off, take a taxi to the base directly.