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 pandabase@panda.org.cn 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:
 Facts
 Growing Process
 Diplomacy
 FAQs

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- Last modified on Nov. 11, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Asked by Ellisa McEuen from UNITED STATES | Nov. 09, 2018 10:44Reply
Is the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding open on Sundays as well?
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Answered by Clifford from CANADA | Nov. 11, 2018 19:25
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Yes, it is opened all year round.
Asked by Chai from THAILAND | Nov. 01, 2018 01:04Reply
Any left luggage service at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding?
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Answered by Charlie from NEW ZEALAND | Nov. 01, 2018 20:54
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Yes, the tourist center of this place provides left luggage service. Don't worry.
Asked by MH from GERMANY | Oct. 04, 2018 06:39Reply
is the subway station Panda Avenue on Chengdu metro line 3 completed?
And is it in walking distance to the Panda Research Base?

Thanks for answer.
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Answered by Kent from USA | Oct. 10, 2018 23:26
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The Panda Avenue subway station is one stop of Subway Line 3. The first phase that has been opened in 2016. But this station is far away from the Panda base, and you need to take bus 198 or 198A to the destination.
Asked by Susanne from DENMARK | Sep. 20, 2018 06:22Reply
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
We have approximately 12 hours, is it realistic to go and visit the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding? I can see it takes a little less then an hour by car, but how is the traffic in Chengdu?
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Answered by PP Wong from HONG KONG | Sep. 20, 2018 11:42
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Visiting the Giant Panda Breeding Base would not take more than 3 hrs. So you have more than sufficient time with your 12 hrs transit even if you are caught in the traffic, assuming you are coming in at 7am and departing at 7pm. You did not mention how you are getting in.If you are worried about the traffic,you can take the metro from the airport or railways to the Chengdu Zoo station on Line 3 and then take a taxi to the breeding base. The whole journey would not take you more than an hour.
Asked by Joelle from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 28, 2018 04:55Reply
I'm visiting the Giant Panda Research Centre in September 2018
will I be able to hold a panda/ sit next to one then do you know? How will I found out when that option is available again?
Kind Regards
Joelle
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Answered by Fred from NEW ZEALAND | Aug. 29, 2018 00:49
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Generally, it is not available. Anyway, you may contact pandabasepanda.org.cn to confirm it.
Answered by MJ from UNITED KINGDOM | Sep. 03, 2018 11:24
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What do you mean with generally it’s not available? Sitting next to the panda is available most of the time.
Answered by Fred from NEW ZEALAND | Sep. 03, 2018 18:19
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As I know, it's officially banned. Only through some volunteer programs visitors may touch the giant pandas.
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