Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

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Located just 10 km (6 miles) away from downtown, the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding has been created and imitated the natural habitat of giant pandas in order that they might have the best possible environment for rearing and breeding. It houses the most popular panda stars with millions of fans.

The giant pandas are not only a Chinese national treasure but are also beloved by people the world over. They are found only in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces. In total there are fewer than 2,000, of which 70% are distributed within the territory of Sichuan Province. Therefore, when visitors from home and abroad come to Chengdu, Sichuan, one of their main objectives will be to see this lovely animal for themselves.

The base cares also for other rare and endangered wild animals with an area of 560 mus (92 acres), 96% of which is verdure. Giant pandas, lesser pandas, black-necked cranes, white storks as well as over 20 species of rare animals are fed and bred there. Verdant bamboo, bright flowers, fresh air, a natural hill scene and a beautiful artificial view are merged ingeniously at the base.

The necessary facilities have been completed and include a fodder room, sleeping quarters and a medical station. Additionally there is a museum together with research laboratories and a training center.

A great number of plants and as many as ten thousand clumps of bamboos and bushes have been cultivated to provide for the animals' diet and habitat. The base is planned to be expanded by another 3,000 mus (500 acres) of land on which to simulate a natural environment in order to prepare the giant pandas bred for release into the wild.

The Giant Panda Museum was opened in 1993 to further scientific education and to improve public awareness of the protection of both wild creatures and their environment. This is the world's only thematic museum for rare and endangered animal species. The three main exhibitions are in the Giant Panda Hall, the Butterfly Hall and the Vertebrate Hall. The exhibits include all kinds of precious pictures, more than 800 materials and show more than 2,140 different samples gathered in Sichuan. These include examples of animals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and insects as well as fossils and models. The resources held in store at the museum include up to ten thousand samples as well as a library of thousands of books and documents. This excellent and comprehensive museum provides a wonderful venue for all who are interested in seeing something of the propagation and protection of the region's natural bio-diversity.

Giant Pandas Guests in Breeding and Research Center


How to get to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

 By bus
1. Take bus 87 or 655 and get off at the research base, then walk eastward to the south gate of the base.
2. Take bus 198, 661A or G6  and get off at Yilitang station. Walk westward for 100 meters (109 yards), then turn right and walk northeastward along the Panda Avn. to the south gate of the research base.

 By metro
To the south gate: take metro line 3 to Panda Avn. station, take Exit A to take the shuttle bus to the base.
To the west gate: take metro line 3 to Military General Hospital, take Exit B and then walk northward to take the shuttle bus to the west gate.

Panda Keeper Program in Chengdu By taxi
Take taxi from the city proper and it costs CNY 40 or so.
Chengdu Bus / Metro Search

 From Shuangliu Airport:
Take Metro line 10 at T1 & T2 of the airport, get off at Taipingyuan Station. Then transfer to metro line 3 to Panda Avenue Station. Get out from Exit A and then the shuttle bus to the base.

 From Chengdu East Railway Station & Chengdu Railway Station:
Take Metro Line 7 and transfer to Line 3 at Simaqiao. Then, get off at Panda Avenue and exit from A to take the shuttle bus to the base.

Ticket Fare & Opening Hours

Entrance Fee CNY 55;
Free for children under 1.3m (4.3ft) or under 6 years old, and the seniors over 65.
Opening Hours 07:30 to 18:00 (tickets sales stop at 17:00)
Best Time to Visit 09:00-10:00 in the morning for it is the active breakfast time

 Sightseeing Bus inside the Area
Ticket Fare CNY10
Timetable 7:30 - 17:30
 Note: Free for children under 1.3m (4.3ft) if not taking a seat.

Travel Tip:

Tourists can take Chengdu Sightseeing Bus to visit popular tourist sites, such as Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Mount QingchengThatched Cottage of Du Fu and Wuhou Temple.

 Note: All activities relating to close contact with giant pandas have been suspended. Visitors could no longer hold a cub to take photos.
Further Reading:
 Ya'an Bifengxia Base of China Conservation and Research Center of Giant Panda is 150km (93 miles) to the southwest of Chengdu.
 Dujiangyan Panda Base about 56km (34 miles) northwest of Chengdu, is also an ideal choice to see the cute animals. 
 Dujiangyan Panda Valley is 60km (37 miles) away from Chengdu.
 Wolong National Nature Reserve is 130km (80 miles) from Chengdu.

Read more information about Chinese Giant Panda:
 Growing Process
 Top 10 Things to Do in Chengdu
10 Best Places to Visit in Chengdu for First-time Visitors
- Last updated on Jul. 31, 2023 by Catherine He -
Questions & Answers on Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Asked by John | Apr. 03, 2024 22:59Reply
Do I need to book tickets in advance or can I just show up?
Me and my friend want to be flexible with our plans so would prefer to not have to decide everything in advance if possible.
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Answered by Randy | Apr. 06, 2024 22:56

As the research center is super popular, you can only book a ticket in advance online. The same day ticket on site is not available.
Asked by Asma from FRANCE | Dec. 29, 2023 03:26Reply
I have 9 hours layover enough to visit ?
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Answered by Hailey | Jan. 02, 2024 00:46

The time is a little tight because you have to arrive in the airport at least 3 hours in advance. And it takes about 1.5-2 hours for a single journey from the airport to panda base.
Asked by Lima from INDIA | Oct. 19, 2019 10:58Reply
Chengdu Panda research base
How long would it take me to walk from the entrance to the Moonlight nursery? I am short on time ; less than 2 hours. Which enclosures should I visit and what route should i take?
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Answered by Sally from USA | Oct. 21, 2019 19:52

The distance is around 800m between the entrance gate and moonlight nursery. I think there is the map around the entrance visitors can watch. You can choose the place you are interested in.
Asked by Sandro from UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Oct. 15, 2019 09:42Reply
Chengdu Shuangliu Airport to Panda base and back to airport
My flight lands at CD at 7:45 AM and I have a domestic connection at 1:30 PM. I am planning to visit the Panda base. In order to make it early, I was planning to take a taxi from airport... do I need to negotiate a fare for airport taxis? I understand it will take 40 mins by taxi and about 1.5 hrs by metro.

I plan to leave the base around 11:30 AM in order to reach the airport by 12:30 PM. Is this sufficient time to travel back? Should I take the metro or taxi? Will I get a taxi easily and is there is possibility of getting stuck in traffic?
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Answered by Ethan from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 16, 2019 01:59

No, you don't need to negotiate the price because the official taxis in airport have taximeters.
To be honest, the time is too tight. Generally speaking, you need to go back to the airport at least 2 hours in advance before the departure.
Answered by Sandro from UAE | Oct. 16, 2019 09:06

Thanks for your response. My flight departs at 1:30. So if I leave the panda base at 11:30 it would be 2 hrs before departure. Or do you reckon I leave at 10:30. Would it take me two hours to return back to the airport?
Answered by Gina from CANADA | Oct. 16, 2019 18:13

I mean you should arrive at airport at 11:30.
It takes around 1 hour from panda base to the airport by taxi. So It is suggested to leave at 10:30.
Answered by Sandro from UAE | Oct. 17, 2019 03:56

Thank you Gina.
Is it recommended to take the metro both ways to avoid traffic? I preferred taxi in the morning in order to save time and reach early. Perhaps I can use a taxi from and to the nearest metro station?

I dont think i would need to Check in at the airport. I would get a through and through check-in from my earlier flight.
Asked by tiziana from ITALY | Sep. 11, 2019 07:33Reply
Hi , How I can go from Chengdu airport to research base of Giant ? I will stop for 6 hours .
Is it a right time to go and come back ? ( around 16.00 pm - or around 11.00 am )
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Answered by Gale from DENMARK | Sep. 11, 2019 19:52

Upon landing, take metro line 10 to Taipingyuan Station and transfer to metro line 3 to Panda Avenue Station, Exit A. Then take bus no.198A to the base.
The opening hours are 07:30 to 18:00. Maybe you can go there in the next early morning.
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