Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

 All activities relating to close contact with giant pandas have been suspended. Visitors could no longer join in the volunteer program or hold a cub to take photos. The restart time remains unknown.
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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. 

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, 198, 198a, or 655 to Xiongmao Jidi ( Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding) Station.
2. Take bus 9, 18, 25, 32, 64, 64 Express, 70, 85, 87, 99, 146, 150, 156a, 156b, 166, 193, 527, 650, 1030 or 1035 and get off at Dong Wu Yuan (Chengdu Zoo) Bus Station. Then, change to bus 198 or 198a to the base.
3. Take bus 60 or 87, and get off at Longqing Road Shulong Crossing. Then, walk along the Xiongmao Avenue for about 15 minutes to the base. 

By metro
Take Metro Line 3 and get off at Dong Wu Yuan Station. Get out from Exit B and then take bus 198 or 198a direct to the base.
Or you can take the same metro to Panda Avenue, and then take bus d025 to the base.

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

 From Shuangliu Airport:
1. Take airport shuttle bus line 1, get off at Sheng Ti Yu Guan (Sichuan Provincial Stadium) Station. Then take metro line 3 or bus 99 to Dong Wu Yuan Station. From there take bus 198 or 198A to the panda station.
2. Take Metro line 10 at T1 & T2 of the airport, get off at Taipingyuan Station. Then transfer to metro line 3 to Dong Wu Yuan Station. Get out from Exit B and then take bus 198 or 198A direct to the base.

 From Chengdu East Railway Station:
Take Metro Line 7 and transfer to Line 3 at Simaqiao. Then, get off at Panda Avenue and change to bus d025 to the base.

 From Chendu Railway Station:
Take bus 9  to Dong Wu Yuan Bus Station, and then change bus no. 198 or 198A to there.

Entrance Fee CNY 58;
Free for children under 1.3m (4.3ft).
Opening Hours 07:30 to 18:00 (tickets sales closed at 17:00)
Best Time to Visit 09:00-10:00 in the morning for it is active breakfast time

Sightseeing Bus inside the Scenic Area

Ticket Fare CNY10
Timetable Apr. – Oct.: 7:30 – 18:00;
Nov. – Mar.: 8:00 – 17:30.

Travel Tip:

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

 Special Notice:
 At present, holding a cub to take photos is not allowed due to the earlier canine distemper accident happened in Xi'an. The restart time depends on when the epidemic ends.
Hereunder is earlier information on holding cubs to take photos for your reference: CNY 2,000 is needed for holding a 8-to-10-month-old cub and taking photos with him / her for one or two minutes. Visitors need to make a reservation by sending an email to or calling at 86-28-83505513. Once the reservation is confirmed, you can have a close contact with the animal on the appointed date. In addition, CNY 2,000 should be paid in cash.   
 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
- Last modified on Jun. 25, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Asked by Joyeeta C from INDIA | Jul. 05, 2019 10:24Reply
What is the exact location and how far is this from Chengdu east Railway station?
I shall be staying at Four Seasons To Shu Hotel in Jiaozi Avenue. Please let me know if I can take taxi to this place.
Answers (1)
Answered by Kim from USA | Jul. 07, 2019 22:56

Yes. The distance between these two places are around 15km, so the fare will be around CNY40 if you take taxi. Your hotel is located in the F3, Block A, No.500, Jiaozi Avenue.
Asked by ASTRID FELICIA PRASANTO from INDONESIA | Jun. 24, 2019 04:32Reply
I want to play with baby pandas, which panda base is better to visit?
I planed to visit dujiangyan base, but i looked for some info ,it's just for 1day volunteer program? How bout non volunteer program? Could i still visit dujiangyan base? Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Alan from USA | Jun. 25, 2019 02:46

Well, it is impossible to have close contact with pandas now but you may see more baby pandas in Chengdu Panda Base.
Asked by Joey from USA | Jun. 14, 2019 09:22Reply
I'm staying in Holiday Inn hotel near metro tianhe road.
I am confused with Dong Wu Yuan station. where is it exactly? And how do i go to the research centre from here? Is it stop at panda avenue cheaper or stop at Dong Wu Yuan station? Pls help to clarify. Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Diana from USA | Jun. 16, 2019 20:46

From your hotel to Dongwuyuan Station, you can take bus No. 655 from Xinchengshi Square Station to it directly. Then you can take bus No.198 to your destination with CNY2.
Asked by SOPHIE from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 26, 2019 06:17Reply
Can you store luggage at the Chengdu panda sanctuary?
I think we will probably arrive in South train station and depart from the main railway station.

Also how can you get from the South station to the sanctuary. I can only see instructions from the central and east stations.
Answers (1)
Answered by Sean from USA | May. 26, 2019 22:54

Yes, you can. After entering the park, turn left to the tourist center and the luggage store service is at the second floor.

From south station, you can take Metro Line 1 to Sichuan Gymnasium and transfer to Metro Line 3 to Panda Avenue. After that, take a taxi to the sanctuary. The metro fee is about CNY5 and the taxi fare is about CNY10.
Asked by Sophie from ENGLAND | May. 02, 2019 07:55Reply
Are there disabled access & facilities available in Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding?
Can you hire a wheelchair?
Answers (1)
Answered by Mandy from NEW ZEALAND | May. 06, 2019 01:32

Yes, they offer wheelchair service.
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