Dujiangyan Panda Base

Dujiangyan Panda Base, also known as China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda Dujiangyan Base, the only giant panda care, disease prevention and control institute in the world, is situated in Mt. Qingcheng Town, about 56 km (34 miles) northwest of Chengdu and 18 km (11 miles) from downtown Dujiangyan. Giant panda, Chinese national treasure, is one of the rarest animal species in the world. They total 1,864 in China with 74 percent in Sichuan Province, while Dujiangyan Panda Base owns 170.

Panda Keeper Program in Dujiangyan BaseBase land covers 506,666 square meters (605,968 square yards), and it subdivides into 6 zones including: the rescuing and quarantining area, disease prevention and control research area, recovering and training area, reception and education area, vegetation area, and service area. Dujiangyan Panda Base offers a plentiful supply of bamboos as staple food for this treasured animal. Tourists can follow the cute animals' activities with cameras, electronic devices and other means.

Observe and Cook for Lovely Pandas

Here visitors have the chance to do chores and cook for the lovely animals and observe the whole process of a breeder babysitting a panda. 

Special work garments will be distributed to volunteers. The first chore is cleaning the animal cages, and followed by food preparation. Volunteers need to slice bamboos into smaller pieces for easier ingestion. In fact, an adult one consumes about 40kg (88 pounds) fresh bamboo shoots a day, 14kg (about 31 pounds) bamboo stalks, or 20kg (about 44 pounds) bamboo leaves. Besides, snacks should be prepared including apples, carrots or steamed buns, etc. And you will also see how the breeders take care of pandas and feed them, and know about what some subtle behaviors of pandas mean.

The fare for one person one day is about CNY1,200, including the entrance ticket of the panda park and the sightseeing bus. Visitors interested in this program can contact our travel consultant  in advance to see the lovely creature.

See tour offered by TravelChinaGuide:  2-Day Chengdu Panda Keeper Program Tour from $399


Famous Panda Stars

Dujiangyan Panda BaseYou can also see some well-known pandas who have returned to China after traveling abroad including Yunzi, Huamei, Meisheng, Taishan, Sulin, Zhenzhen, Fulong, Fuhu, and Linbing. They were born outside China, but have returned to China and now live in the Dujiangyan Panda Base.

You can also visit the Panda Museum in the Dujiangyan Panda Base to know more about the lovely animals, such as their origin, habitat and habits. Tourists are suggested to go there in summer, when they can have a better chance to see the newly-born cubs in the nursery. The tiny, rosy and lovely cubs would be an unforgettable memory lasting lifelong.

How to get to Dujiangyan Panda Base from Chengdu:

1. Take Intercity High Speed Train in Chengdu Railway Station and get off at Mt. Qingcheng Railway Station. Then take bus line 102 to Panda Park station and you will see the base.
2. Take metro line 6 to Xipu, then take the intercity high-speed train to Mt. Qinghceng station, and then walk southward to take the bus no. 102 and get off at Panda Park station.

Entrance Fee CNY 58;
CNY 29 for the minors over 1.3m (4.3 ft) and the seniors aged 60-65;
Free for children under 1.3m and the seniors aged over 65.
Opening Hours 08:30 – 16:30

Further Reading:
 Dujiangyan Panda Valley: Located in the Baima Village, 19 km (11 miles) away from the above base in Dujiangyan. It allows visitors to join the volunteer program (CNY 800 to 900).

 Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding: just 10 km (6 miles) away from downtown Chengdu.

 Wolong National Nature Reserve: the largest panda reserve in China, 130km (80 miles) from Chengdu.

 Ya'an Bifengxia Base of China Conservation and Research Center of Giant Panda: 150 km (93 miles) southwest of Chengdu.

Read more information about Chinese Giant Panda:
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- Last updated on Jul. 27, 2023 by Gabby Li -
Questions & Answers on Dujiangyan Panda Base
Asked by akansh nihan from UNITED STATES | Jan. 15, 2020 14:06Reply
Take pictures with Panda in Dujiangyan panda base
can we take pictures with panda.
Answers (1)
Answered by Amelia from CANADA | Jan. 15, 2020 22:30

As I know, you can take pictures with panda. But now, I am not sure. You are suggested to contact the staff when you arriving there.
Asked by alma barrera from UNITED STATES | Oct. 23, 2019 14:17Reply
Dujiangyan Panda Base open year round? Rain or shine? or snow?
Are the panda centers open year round, whether it rains, shine or snows?
I am wondering if we can volunteer year round also?
Answers (1)
Answered by Hudson from GEORGIA | Oct. 24, 2019 01:11

Yes, generally speaking, it opens all year around. For the details of volunteer, you are suggested to consult the staff when you arriving there.
Asked by Jan from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 13, 2019 17:13Reply
Age restrictions on participation in the Chengdu Panda Base volunteer program?
I'm interested in the volunteer program, however I have read three different age cut offs for this. Some say age 65, another age 70 and another age 80. What is the official version?
Answers (1)
Answered by Karin from CANADA | Sep. 16, 2019 20:46

There is no requirement for the age limit for volunteers on the official website.
Asked by Eric from USA | Aug. 12, 2019 15:41Reply
Can you visit the base and see pandas without doing the volunteer program?
If you arrive early in the morning, is it expected that you would see pandas?

Thank you!
Answers (1)
Answered by Will from USA | Aug. 13, 2019 19:45

Yes, of course. You can watch panda without applying for volunteers. I think you can see them all day.
Asked by Karla mioduchoski from USA | Jun. 21, 2019 16:35Reply
Hello, do any places allow photos with pandas at all in Chengdu.
I’ve seen a place where people are allow to sit next to a panda for photos. Please let me know
Answers (1)
Answered by Debra from USA | Jun. 24, 2019 23:44

Sorry, it is not allowed to take pictures with panda now.
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