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: 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 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

Dujiangyan Panda 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.

See tour offered by TravelChinaGuide:  2-Day Chengdu Panda Keeper Program Tour from $369


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 Xiongmao Jikong Zhongxin and you will see the base.
2. Take a bus from North City Bus Station, Airport Bus Station, or Xinnanmen Bus Station to Dujiangyan. Then, take bus line 102 to Xiongmao Jikong Zhongxin and walk to the base.

Entrance Fee CNY 58;
CNY 29 for children between 1.3 - 1.5 meters (4.3 - 4.9 feet);
Free for children under 1.3m.
Opening Hours 08:30 – 17:00
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 modified on Aug. 13, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Dujiangyan Panda Base
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.
Asked by Larissa from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 07, 2019 00:59Reply
How to get to the base and their website

Firstly, thank you very much for this article!

Secondly, I have a couple of questions:

1) do they have a website? The phone number doesn’t seem to work..
2) what’s the final destination to buy the train ticket to?

Thank you so much for any help! :)
Answers (2)
Answered by Jeremy from CANADA | May. 08, 2019 19:12

1. It seems there is no official website.
2. You can take a train to Dujiangyan Railway Station.
Answered by Larissa from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 21, 2019 00:12

There is a “0” missing ahead of the phone number (after the country code of +86).
But they replied promptly via email!
I did the program last week and highly recommend it!!
Thank you again for this very helpful article!
Asked by Chloe from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 28, 2019 10:34Reply
Can I hold or sit with a panda in Dujiangyan Panda Base?
Hi, when I do the volunteering day programme, will there be an opportunity to sit with or hold a panda? Thanks!
Answers (1)
Answered by Nancy from NEW ZEALAND | Apr. 08, 2019 02:35

As I know, it is not allowed now.
Asked by Mina from SWITZERLAND | Feb. 23, 2019 15:38Reply
Confusion about trains to Dujiangyan
We wanted to go to the Panda base and read as well was told that the trains to Duijangyan leave from both, North railway station and Xipu. The clerk however told us that the trains to Dujiangyan only leave a from Xipu Railway Station.
Answers (1)
Answered by Sophie from CANADA | Feb. 27, 2019 23:41

Well, the North Railway Station is widely known as CD Railway Station. The bullet train from CD Railway Station only departs at 06:00. Thus you are suggested to take it from Xipu Railway Station.
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