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 34 miles (56 km) northwest of Chengdu and 11 miles (18 km) 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 the base owns 170.

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

Panda Keeper's Program

The base offers a special program allowing visitors to administer to these lovely animals in person as volunteers. Visitors interested in this program can make an advance reservation, and come close to the lovely animals.

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. Be sure to feed them enough! Besides, snacks should be prepared including apples, carrots or steamed buns etc.

Visitors who are interested in this program can send emails to pandaeducatecenter@163.com to make a reservation. Each applicant needs to pay around CNY 700 per day. If they have any question, they can contact the base at +86-28-69290315.

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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 base.

You can also visit the Panda Museum in the 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 there 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 Shiqiao Village and walk to the base, or take a taxi straight to the gate of the base.
2. Take coaches in Chengdu Chadianzi Bus Station, Ximen (West Gate) Bus Station or Beimen (North Gate) Bus Station to Dujiangyan Bus Station. Then take bus line 102 to Shiqiao Village and walk to the base.

Admission Fee CNY 60
Opening Hours 08:00 – 17:00
Further Reading:
 Dujiangyan Panda Valley: Located in the Baima Village, 11 miles (19 km) away from the above base in Dujiangyan. It allows visitors to be photographed holding a cub (CNY 1,800 to 2,000) and to join the volunteer program (CNY 800 to 900).

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

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

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

Read more information about Chinese Giant Panda:
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