Ya'an Bifengxia Base of China Conservation and Research Center of Giant Panda
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.
Three Panda Living Areas & the Safari Park
White Panda Terrace
Close to the entrance of the base and with a total of eight sets of colony houses, White Panda Terrace mainly houses adult pandas. As pandas here live on the range, their behavior is more “wild”.
Panda Kindergarten consists of a nursery and two sets of colony houses, which are mainly used for artificial rearing of cubs. When female pandas give birth to twins or multiples, they often choose only one strong cub to nurse and abandon the rest, and the abandoned baby pandas will be reared in the nursery.
Overseas Panda Returnees Paradise
Built to house pandas returning to China from overseas, Overseas Panda Returnees Paradise has seven sets of houses. Pandas here were born in the United States, Austria and Thailand, and returned to China when they grew up. Famous pandas such as Hua Mei, Tai Shan and Fu Long have lived here.
Bifengxia Safari Park is home to beasts like lions and tigers. Visitors can not only take the truck to see the beasts, but also feed the beasts through the window and watch the tiger, lion and black bear grabbing food. That will definitely a thrilling journey.
How to get to Bifeng Gorge
Dep. - Arr.
|Xinanmen - Bifeng Gorge||6:50; 7:50||CNY60|
|Shiyang - Bifeng Gorge||7:30||CNY60|
How to Get to Xinnanmen Bus Station & Shiyang Bus Station
To Shiyang Bus Station: Take metro line 8 to Shiyang and take Exit D1. Or take bus no. 28. 61, 90, 93, 100, 124, 187 or 804 and get off at Shiyang Bus Station.
Ticket Fare & Opening Hours
|Entrance Fee||CNY100 for adults; |
CNY 50 for children between 1.2 and 1.5 meters (3.9 and 4.9 feet);
* It includes the entrance fee to the gorge scenic area, panda base, sightseeing bus, and elevator.
|CNY180 for adults; |
CNY 90 for children between 1.2-1.5m.
It only includes the ticket for the safari park.
|Free of charge for children under 1.2 meters.|
|Opening Hours||8:30 - 16:00 in summer |
9:00 - 15:40 in winter
* Panda base: 9:00 - 16:00
* The elevator: 8:30 - 19:30 in summer; 8:30 - 18:30 in winter
|9:00 - 15:40|
Note: Since 2015, the volunteer program, taking photos with pandas and other activities relating to close contact with pandas have been suspended.
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?