Dujiangyan Panda Valley
Located 37 miles (60 kilometers) from Chengdu, Panda Valley is in the Baima Village, Yutang Town, Dujiangyan City. The whole valley covers an area of 331 acres (1.34 square kilometers). This valley is organised in such a way that that giant pandas are encouraged to return to the wild. Visitors can have close contact with the lovely animals by being photographed while holding one and also by volunteering to care for them.
In the valley, the giant pandas are gradually reintroduced to the wild. During the semi-original wildness transition experiment, they temporarily live in dens that look like blockhouses. They will continue receiving training to complete this transitional stage until the researchers confirm they have the ability to return to the wild.
The first batch of the residents, Xingrong, Xingya, Gongzai, Yingying, Zhizhi, Qiqi, moved into the valley on January 11th, 2012. They all possess their own characteristics. Xingrong and Xingya are twins; Yingying likes playing and resting in a tree; Zhizhi is very active and Qiqi looks quite pretty. A lot of people may already have heard of Gongzai: being the prototype for the animated film Kung Fu Panda2, he is the star of the whole valley. Gongzai is very outgoing and strong for his age. Chengdu Panda Base spent nearly one year selecting them from 108 giant pandas in the various aspects of genealogy, health, genetic background, gender matching, etc. At sub-adult age, which is equivalent to human childhood, their growth is rapid and their ability to adapt to a new environment is very strong.
Taking Photos Holding a Panda
The valley provides an opportunity for visitors to have a close contact with giant pandas by having photos taken holding a cub. Although the process only takes a few minutes, one should be very careful, wear special protective clothing and follow staff instructions.
Cost: CNY 1,800 - 2,000
Volunteering in the valley will give visitors a very rare experience and a deep understanding of this lovely animal. The volunteers’ work is mainly about two aspects, sweeping and feeding. Volunteers will have to clean the cages and prepare and distribute the food to the pandas.
Cost: CNY 800 – 900 per day
Note: Both programs need to be booked in advance. Visitors can enquire by calling at +86-028-87296600.
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2. Take a coach in Chengdu Chadianzi Bus Station, Ximen (West Gate) Bus Station or Beimen (North Gate) Bus Station to Dujiangyan Bus Station. Then, take a taxi to the valley, or you can take bus line 102, get off at Yutang Town Station and walk 2 miles (3.1 kilometers).
|Admission Fee||CNY 58 |
Free of charge for children under 4.3 feet (1.3 meters).
|Opening Hours||8:30 - 17:00|
Dujiangyan Panda Base: 11 miles (19 km) from the valley.
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding: just 6 miles (10 km) from downtown Chengdu.
Ya'an Bifengxia Base of China Conservation and Research Center of Giant Panda: in north Ya'an, 93 miles (150 km) southwest of Chengdu.
Wolong National Nature Reserve: 80 miles (130km) from Chengdu.
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