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.|
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.
How to get to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
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.
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.
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
|Timetable||Apr. – Oct.: 7:30 – 18:00; |
Nov. – Mar.: 8:00 – 17:30.
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 email@example.com 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:
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I'll be checking out of my hotel early in the morning and taking a taxi to the panda base before heading to the airport for an afternoon. That's why I'll have my luggage with me.