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.

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Bifengxia Base of China Conservation and Research Center of Giant Panda is located in Ya'an City, which is just over one hour by bus from Chengdu. In 2003, the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Pandas and the State Forestry Administration chose this gorge as a new giant panda base. The gorge, 'V' shaped, is composed of two small gorges, which measure 7km (4.3 miles) and 6km (3.7 miles) long respectively. Standing between 700 to 1,971 meters (2,297 to 6,467 feet) high, it is famous for the views of varied vegetation, valleys and waterfalls. Its excellent original landscape attracts more and more visitors each year to explore its wild beauty.

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 little PandaThe 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

1. Take a bus from Xinnanmen Bus Station in Chengdu to Bifengxia. Buses leave every 35 minutes from 07:00 to 19:30. It takes about 2 hours. The buses actually arrive at Ya'an Tourism Bus Station. There you can take minibus to the gorge. It takes 25 minutes.

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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Bifeng Gorge

Safari Park
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.

 Special Notice:
 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.

Read more information about Chinese Giant Panda:
Growing Process
Panda Diplomacy

 Recommended Tour including the Visit to Bifengxia Panda Reserve Base:
Chengdu Panda Volunteer Experience: 5 Days Tour of Chengdu - Bifengxia - Leshan Buddha
More China Panda Tours

- Last modified on Oct. 21, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Bifeng Gorge Panda Base
Asked by Pattie from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 19, 2019 18:41Reply
Bifengxia Panda Volunteer Programme
Can you tell me if the '5 day' panda volunteer program still runs at Bifengxia and how do I get to apply for this ? thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Penny from USA | Oct. 21, 2019 20:33

As I know, this program is still operating. But I can't find more detailed information either. You are suggested to consult the staff when you arriving there.
Asked by Helen Ennekens from BELGIUM | Aug. 01, 2019 02:43Reply
Pandas in Dujiangyan
Are Panda Valley and Panda Base (also known as Panda Ark) 2 separate centers near Dujiangyan?
Answers (1)
Answered by Vivi from USA | Aug. 05, 2019 02:32

Yes, they are different. Panda Valley is located at Baima Village, Yutang County. Panda Base is located at S106, Dujiangyan.
Asked by Timothy Ang from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 28, 2019 21:27Reply
Must one book an entrance ticket in advance before visiting the Ya'an Bifengxia Base?
Answers (2)
Answered by Emma from FINLAND | Apr. 09, 2019 01:52

As I know, you don't need to purchase the entrance ticket in advance. Just purchase the ticket when you arriving at the scenic area.
Answered by Timothy Ang from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 09, 2019 18:13

Thank you very much.
Asked by maria from GREECE | Oct. 28, 2018 05:12Reply
Is this Chengdu panda base currently closed?
Hi! Do you know if this panda base is currently close? I'll be there next month
Answers (3)
Answered by Kelly from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 30, 2018 01:01

Don't worry. The base is open all year round: 07:30—18:00.
Answered by maria from GREECE | Oct. 30, 2018 02:41

Are you sure? Cause ppl from Chengdy told me that this place is currently closed and pandas have been moved to Wolong park......
Answered by Kelly | Oct. 30, 2018 03:04

Sorry, I didn't find any news about its close. I only know that in this research base, all activities relating to close contact with giant pandas have been suspended. Visitors could no longer join in the volunteer program or hold a cub to take photos. But you can still see them there.
Asked by Don from USA | Feb. 10, 2018 16:29Reply
Will be taking my family of 14 to Chengdu so they can experience the pandas
my spouse and I had in Wolong many years ago. My four offsprings of 4 with their kids would enjoy holding or sitting with a panda...like we did.
Should such arrangements be made when we get there? What would the cost be?
Answers (1)
Answered by Vivian from FRANCE | Feb. 10, 2018 19:17

Sorry to tell you that you can’t do that anymore. You can only take photos of the pandas now.
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